Robert Davidson

Robert Davidson  – one of Canada’s most important multi-talented artists has garnered international attention for his creative interpretation of Haida culture and tradition.

He is a master artist – many of his works considered to be post-modern masterpieces – working as a sculptor, printmaker, jeweller.

A Northwest Coast native – born in Alaska – Davidson is of Haida and Tlingit descent.

His works are eagerly sought by collectors from all over the world.

The internationally known artist Damien Hirst commissioned him to carve several totem poles for his summer residence in Zihautjeno, Mex ico.
The cost – about $1 million.

And despite all the recognition and fame Davidson is low key and unassuming.

His masks, totem poles and other carvings are splendid and unique, instantly recognizable as his, always the sign of a great artist.

The same holds true for his prints and paintings.

His most unique approach are his metallic sculptures.

A Personal Postscript

Over the years my wife and I met him and his wife several times at art show openings of his works and a Sunday farmers market. Both of them were always gracious but low key and reserved.

Once we attended a charity auction where he had donated one of his drums.

My wife decided she would bid on it in the hope of getting it as a birthday present for me.

The bidding started off low at a few hundred dollars but it kept going up slowly.

By the time the price had risen to $2,000 someone new had entered the bidding process and the price rose by several hundred dollars each.

To make a long story short the price reached the $5,100 mark and my birthday present awaited me.

The drum was brought to our table and then out of nowhere Robert Davidson showed up walked over to my wife and said – congratulations but I am sorry (with a smile on his face) that you ended up paying so much but I wanted to make sure that the charity would realize a decent amount of money – we all laughed, happy with our win.

A year later we sold the drum for $17,000. – a big mistake on our part.

The trailer is a fabulous quick-paced at the importance and splendour of Davidson’s works and achievements.

His approach to his art and that of Northwest Coast art is summed up beautifully by him.

“IT HAS BEEN THE ART THAT HAS BROUGHT US BACK TO OUR ROOTS. I AM PROUD TO BE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE CHOSEN TO PUT THE PUZZLE BACK TOGETHER AGAIN AND MOVE ON.”