Rolling in the Deep, 2016, Rande Cook (Kwakwaka'wakw), Sandblasted and painted red cedar, 48" x 30", SOLD

New works from Rande Cook and Cole Speck

Rolling in the Deep, 2016, Rande Cook (Kwakwaka'wakw), Sandblasted and painted red cedar, 48" x 30", $2,500

Rolling in the Deep, 2017, red cedar and acrylic, 48″ x 30”, $2,500.

Chasing the Light, 2016, Rande Cook (Kwakwaka'wakw), Sandblasted red cedar and acrylic paint, 48" x 30", $2,500

Chasing the Light, 2017, red cedar and acrylic, 48″ x 30”, $2,500.

Rande Cook continues his series of abstract, sandblasted cedar panels with these incredible new pieces. Always innovating and creating, Cook’s stunning designs coalesce the traditional and the abstract, while his wholly original application of a contemporary colour palette continues to resonate with viewers.


Sea Monster Paddle, Cole Speck (Kwakwaka'wakw), Yellow cedar and acrylic, 61" x 8.5" x 1", $2,400

Sea Monster Paddle, 2017, yellow cedar and acrylic, 61″ x 8.5″ x 1″, $2,400.

Speck often draws inspiration from his research of historical pieces. Sea Monster Paddle was inspired by the distinctive style of Heiltsuk carver and painter, Captain Carpenter.

Untitled, Cole Speck (Kwakwaka'wakw), Red cedar, acyrlic, and copper, 48.5" x 12.5" x 5", $6,000

Untitled, 2017, red cedar, copper, and acrylic, 48.5″ x 12.5″ x 5″, $6,000.

In this work, Speck is pushing the boundaries of tradition by abstracting the form and creating a piece with no specific function or utility. He has treated this panel-like carving sculpturally; he has kept the three-dimensionality of the piece in mind through the carving’s stylistically bold lines and deeply pronounced cuts.

Having studied woodcarving under Beau Dick’s leadership as his longtime apprentice, Cole Speck has gained a deep understanding of the craft and tradition of carving, as evidenced in these new works. Speck comes from a long line of Kwakwaka’wakw carvers and has actively pursued a deep understanding of the tradition throughout his learning. This has enabled him to skillfully bend the rules of tradition in order to invoke a playful sense of whimsy into his artistic practice. Speck often experiments with performance through the act of taking his culture with him into contemporary life, as seen in the photograph below.

Untitled (Tsonaqua mask by Beau Dick), Performance by Cole Speck, Photo on aluminum ed/12, 17" x 17", $1,900 (special thanks to Eric Angus)

Untitled Tsonaqua (Beau Dick), performance by Cole Speck, photo on aluminum, 17″ x 17”, ed/12, $1,900. Special thanks to Eric Angus.

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Image: Sheila installation view, Fazakas Gallery.

Sheila: Women, Art, and Production Event and Fundraiser Updates

March 8th – April 1st, 2017

Visit the gallery before Saturday, April 1st to view this extraordinary all-female exhibition. Organized in solidarity with International Women’s Day 2017, this show features a diverse range of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous multidisciplinary contemporary artists.

Gabriela Aceves-Sepulveda, Matilda Aslizadeh, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Robyn Laba, Natasha McHardy, Yvonne Muinde, Joyce Ozier, Heather Passmore, Maria Anna Parolin, Rosa Quintana-Lillo, Sarah Shamash, prOphecy sun, Damla Tamer, Charlene Vickers, and Carollyne Yardley.