Reg Davidson bio

BORN:

August 29. 1954

 

BIRTHPLACE:

Masset

 

Reg is from the Eagle Clan. He began carving in 1972.

 

His influences include: brother Robert Davidson, father Claude Davidson, grandmother Florence Davidson, great grandfather Charles Edenshaw.

 

His many published and widely exhibited works include: limited edition prints, silver and gold jewellery, masks, helmets, large poles, rattles, argillite sculptures and drums. Reg is also an accomplished singer and dancer with the Rainbow Creek Dancers, a Haida Dance group formed in 1980 by Reg and Robert. Among his many interesting commissions was a major totem pole project that was ordered by the successful British artist, Damien Hirst, in 2006.

 

 

APPRENTICESHIPS:

    • Three Totem Pole Sculptures, PepsiCo Kendall Sculpture Park, under Haida artist, Robert Davidson, Purchase, New York, 1985-88.

 

    • Crab of The Woods, Limited edition bronze sculpture, under Robert Davidson, PepsiCo Kendall Sculpture Park, Purchase, New York, 1984. of our communities

 

    • Raven Bringing Light to the World, Limited edition bronze sculpture, under Robert Davidson, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec, 1984.

 

    • Three Watchmen, Totem Pole sculpture, under Robert Davidson, Maclean-Hunter Building, College Park, Toronto, Ontario, 1983-84.

 

  • Charles Edenshaw Memorial House Front and Posts, under Robert Davidson, Old Massett, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), British Columbia, 1977-78

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

    • Native Talking Stick Show, Derek Simpkins Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, December 1993.

 

    • Miniature Mask Show, Altering Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia.

 

    • Eagle of the Dawn, Joint Show with Robert Davidson, Art Space Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

    • Haida Ritual Art: The Insistent Present, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, California, 1990.

 

    • Beyond Revival: Contemporary Northwest Coast Native Art, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1989.

 

    • Masks: An Exhibition of Northwest Coast Native Masks, Inuit Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1989.

 

    • Northwest Coast: Native American Art, Craft Alliance Education Center and Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1989.

 

    • Quintana Gallery - Northwest Coast Exhibitions, Portland, Oregon, 1987 and 1988.

 

    • Hands of Creation: An Exhibition of Northwest Coast Native Art, Inuit Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1987.

 

    • Potlatch Presents - Northern Comfort: Dempsey Bob and Reg Davidson, Potlatch Arts, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1982.

 

    • Pipes That Won’t Smoke; Coal That Won't Burn: Haida Sculpture in Argillite, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, 1981.

 

    • The Legacy: Continuing Traditions of Canadian Northwest Coast Indian Art, British Columbia Provincial Museum, Victoria, British Columbia, and traveled across Canada and to Edinburgh, Scotland, 1980.

 

  • Art Space Gallery: Twelve Sided Wolf, Robert Davidson and Reg Davidson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

    • Eight Foot Totem Pole, Private collection, Bahamas, 2000.

 

    • Reg Davidson, Workshops:Haida Whistles and Haida Apron Designs, University of Alaska-Ketchikan, April 1994.

 

    • Reg Davidson: Nine Foot Haida Pole, Haida dancing, slide show, Birmingham Alabama.

 

    • Reg Davidson, Workshops: Haida Rattles and Haida Design, University of Alaska - Ketchikan, February 1993.

 

    • Yaalth Tluu:Raven Canoe, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, California, 1991.

 

    • Reg Davidson: Silk-screen Prints, Cafe Gallery, Old Massett, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, 1989 and 1990.

 

    • Thirty Foot Canoe, The Haida Project, San Francisco, California, 1990.

 

    • Eight Foot Pole, Watchman, Eagle, Frog Crests, Province of British Columbia for National Tour Association, Baltimore, Maryland, 1988.

 

    • Forty Foot Memorial Frontal Pole, K’aadsnee Cultural Longhouse, Masset, Haida Gwaii, BC, in memory of the late Claude Davidson and Robert Davidson Sr., 1989-90.

 

    • Eagle Memorial Sculpture, David Adam, Masset, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, 1988.

 

    • Reg Davidson: Masks, Prints and Blankets, Baya Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1987.

 

    • Thirty Foot Pole, Claude Davidson, Chief of Dadens, Masset, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, 1986.

 

  • Thirty Foot Pole, Three Figure Eagle Crest, Malaspina College for Tamagawa University, Japan, 1980.

 

COLLECTIONS:

    • Native Talking Stick Show, Derek Simpkins Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, December 1993.

 

    • Private Collections in Canada, USA, Germany, Japan, and England.

 

    • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec.

 

    • Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta.

 

    • Museum of Northern British Columbia, Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

 

    • Queen Charlotte Islands Museum, Skidegate, British Columbia.

 

  • Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, British Columbia.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS / CATALOGUES:

    • Native Talking Stick Show, Derek Simpkins Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, December 1993.

 

    • Beyond Revival: Contemporary Northwest Coast Native Art, Barbara DeMott, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1989.

 

    • Northwest Coast: Native American Art, Barbara Loeb, Crafts Alliance Education Center and Gallery, Missouri, 1989.

 

    • Masks: An Exhibition of Northwest Coast Native Masks, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, 1989.

 

    • Hands of Creation: An Exhibition of Northwest Coast Native Art, Inuit Gallery, Vancouver, 1987.

 

    • A Haida Potlatch, Ulli Steltzer, Douglas & MacIntyre, Vancouver, BC, 1984.

 

    • A Guide to Buying Contemporary Northwest Coast Indian Arts, Karen Duffek, University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, 1983.

 

    • Northwest Coast Indian Graphics: An Introduction to Silkscreen Prints, Edwin S. Hall Jr., Margaret B. Blackman, Vincent Rickard, University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1981.

 

    • Pipes That Won’t Smoke; Coal That Won’t Burn: Haida Sculpture in Argillite, Carol Sheehan, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, 1981.

 

  • The Legacy: Continuing Traditions of Canadian Northwest Coast Indian Art, Peter Macnair, Alan Hoover, Kevin Neary, British Columbia Provincial Museum, Victoria, 1980. useum, Victoria, British Columbia.

 

 

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