Fall 2016 - 4th Session Live auction
Lot # 216
James (Jim) Hart
1952 - Canadian
22k gold-plated bronze sculpture on a marble base
signed and dated 1984
50 1/2 x 5 x 4 in 128.3 x 12.7 x 10.2cm
Fletcher Challenge, Canada
Peter and Joanne Brown Collection, Vancouver
Ian M. Thom, Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 2009, page 46
Born in Old Massett on Haida Gwaii, Jim Hart is one of the Northwest Coastís most accomplished sculptors. Hart is a chief of the Haida Nation; and his great-great-grandfather was the renowned carver Charles Edenshaw. At 24, Hart assisted Robert Davidson with totem poles for the Edenshaw Memorial, and from 1980 to 1984 he worked with Bill Reid on Reidís large-scale projects. Hartís Respect to Bill Reid Pole is part of the outdoor Haida village at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Among his many well-known projects are Haida House in the Canadian Museum of Civilizationís Grand Hall, which he supervised, and several Haida longhouses he constructed in Old Massett. His powerful large sculpture The Three Watchmen stands in front of the National Gallery of Canada.
In Hartís work lies a bridge between Haida tradition and the contemporary world. ďI tell younger people all the answers are in the old pieces,Ē he stated, but he also moves forward to create his own style. This stunning totem, its surface gleaming with gold, contains the traditional iconography of the Haida, but Hartís sleek and sinuous lines transform their visual language and bring it into the present.
Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD
Sold For: $53,100.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)