Tsonoqua by Beau Dick

Largest Tsonoqua of Beau Dick’s Career

Beau Dick, Tsonoqua, 48″ x 60″ x 24″, red cedar, acrylic, graphite, horsehair, price on request.

NEW WORK BY BEAU DICK

Artist Beau Dick has just completed the largest Tsonoqua of his career. Affectionately referred to by Beau’s crew as ‘Big Buela’, this stunning work measures over five feet tall and 4 feet wide.

Tsonoqua, the Wild Woman of the Woods, is a famous Kwakwaka’wakw spirit being known to lure children using her signature call, “Huu huu huu.” She is a hairy, black-bodied, bearded monster with incredible physical strength and magical powers.

She is associated with wealth and treasure, and will endow select clever individuals with great wealth if they are able to outsmart her.

Tsonoqua is identified by her round eyes, which often appear drowsy; large head; open mouth; large red lips; and thick, dark hair.

The eyes on this mask are special for two reasons. First, they feature eyelashes made out of carefully placed black feathers, something Beau has never done before. Second, in addition to being adorned with eyelashes uncommon to the Tsonoqua, the eyes articulate, opening and closing with the pull of a string behind the mask. These characteristics provide an eerie, life-like quality to this already vivid work.

Visit us in the gallery Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm to see this incredible mask in person.

BEAU DICK AVAILABLE WORKS

Winalagalis (War Spirit), 2015, red cedar & acrylic, 14″ x 12″ x 7″

Winalagalis is the spirit guide and shamanic healer of Baxwbakwalanuxwsiwe (the giant at the north end of the world). Winalagalis is a tall, thin, black, small-headed man with bat-like eyes who travels in an invisible spirit canoe.

Atlakim Mask, c.1990, red cedar, acrylic & cedar bark, 13″ x 10″ x 8″

The Atlakim (Atlikim), also known as the Dance of the Forest Spirits, is one of the four main dances performed during the Kwakwaka’wakw Winter Ceremonials. The Atlakim involves between thirty-seven to forty different characters. Some are mythological, some represent the creatures of the forest, and others represent human attributes. These include the black, white, and red Sneezer and Laughter masks. Traditionally, the masks used would be burned after the being danced in four ceremonies.

Atlakim Mask, c.1990, red cedar, acrylic & cedar bark, 18″ x 11″ x 9″

Atlakim Mask, c.1990, red cedar, acrylic & cedar bark, 13″ x 10″ x 8″

Winalagalis (War Spirit) Puppet, 2015, red dedar, acrylic, and horsehair, 60″ x 20″ x 12″

This masked puppet is worn atop the head for use in performance.

Tlingit Bear Bronze, ed. 3/12, 48″ x 14 1/4″ x 1 1/4″

Originally carved in red cedar, this panel was cast as an edition of bronzes. The flattened elongated format is typical of facial design seen on a Chilkat robe. “As a close relation, the bear is a link between the human and non-human animals realms, as well as between the secular and natural realm and the divine and supernatural. Because of their strength and fierceness, Bears are frequently the guardians, protectors and helping spirits of warriors.” – Cheryl Shearar

Inuit Weather Mask, red cedar and acrylic, 30″ x 30″ x 19″

Devoured by Consumerism, 2016, silkscreen serigraph, ed. /88, 22″ x 30″

This limited edition print is a bold statement in its message and execution. The gallery is honoured to embrace this powerful image as our logo.

INTRODUCING ALAN HUNT

The gallery is excited to introduced Kwakwaka’wakw artist Alan Hunt, Beau Dick’s apprentice who worked on the carving of ‘Big Buela’. Alan is a promising young artist whose work demonstrates technical expertise as well as an expressive portrayal of Kwakwaka’wakw culture and mythology.

Loon Mask, red cedar and acrylic, 7″ x 16″ x 8″, $2,200

Respected for its knowledge of various realms, Loon is famous for its unique and often haunting voice. Because of Loon’s unique vocal talents, it is held in high regard by Northwest Coast peoples, as voice and words are carriers of power and magic. Loon is associated with Kumugwe’, chief of the under-sea world among the Kwakwaka’wakw. Respected within his community as a singer and carver, Alan Hunt has worked under the mentorship of master carver Beau Dick. He currently resides in Alert Bay, BC.

Raven Mask, red cedar and acrylic, 29″ x 12″ x 15″, $3,800.

Among Northwest Coast art and mythology, Raven is one of the most significant beings, though his role is different between cultures. Raven is often known as the Trickster or Transformer, and the discovery of fire is attributed to Raven by the Kwakwaka’wakw people.

UPCOMING BEAU DICK DOCUMENTARY

Did you know the director of the gallery is also a filmmaker? LaTiesha Fazakas has been working on a documentary feature film on Beau Dick for the past five years. The film is now nearing completion. View a trailer below.

TRAILER FOR “BEAU DICK: MAKER OF MONSTERS”