A handsome silkscreen on paper, beautifully framed, this First Nations artwork by Clarence Steven Mills features his family crest, the raven. Clarence was born in 1958 into a family of renowned carvers on Haida Gwaii, a group of islands off the north coast of British Columbia. He uses traditional Haida art in many mediums, such as silkscreen printmaking, and is well-known and highly regarded Haida artist.
To Pacific Northwest native people, items with the important raven symbol belong to those people who are respected. The raven is regarded as the Creator's assistant, responsible for supplying oceans and rivers with fish, a very large part of First Nations diet. This print, entitled HAIDA RAVEN and signed bottom right by Clarence Mills, is a powerful image.
The frame is wood, the outer frame with an impressed wood grain painted matte black, the inner frame a dull gold with evenly spaced studs. Both frame and glass are in excellent condition; we had our framer replace the torn paper on the back and add a hanging wire and bumpers (we'll include the hanging hardware). The framed size is 11 5/8 inches by 14 5/8 inches, not quite 1 inch thick, and weighing just under two pounds. The sight size is 5 1/4 inches by 8 1/4 inches, with a wide black mat that has a gold colored bevel. The print itself is also in excellent condition, ready to display and admire.
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