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Beau Dick: Early Works
March 30 – May 10, 2019
Tanúyap Project Space, Fazakas Gallery, 688 E Hastings St., Vancouver, BC
Opening Reception and Beau Dick: Devoured by Consumerism Book Launch
Saturday March 30, 12pm – 5pm

 

“Not only are you trying to create these higher-quality pieces, but you have to remember where they come from and understand the stories that go along with all of it, and so it is a pretty big responsibility, I would think, in helping maintain this constant passing-on of knowledge.”

– Cole Speck, Kwakwaka’wakw artist

 

Beau Dick, acclaimed as one of the Northwest Coast’s most versatile and talented carvers, apprenticed with many artists including his father, Benjamin Dick, and master carvers Robert Davidson, Tony Hunt, and Bill Reid, among others. Early Works brings together pieces by Beau, made between 1978 and 1980 when he was just 23, and offers a unique glimpse into his artistic development. The exhibition is both a testament to Beau’s legacy and an exciting look at his creative output from an earlier decade.

The opening of the exhibition will coincide with the publication launch of Devoured by Consumerism, showcasing the life and work of Beau Dick, produced in collaboration with Figure 1. Publishing. Full colour photographs of Beau’s works are supported by contextual information and insights from his apprentices and friends, Wayne Alfred, Cole Speck and Alan Hunt. Essays by LaTiesha Fazakas, John Cussans and Candice Hopkins examine the continued impact of Beau’s art and life.

 


Chief Beau Dick, Walas Gwa’yam (1955–2017), was a Kwakwaka’wakw (Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw First Nation) artist and activist. He was born in the community of Alert Bay, B.C., and lived in Kingcome Inlet, Vancouver, and Victoria before returning to Alert Bay to live and work. He began carving at an early age, studying under his father, Benjamin Dick, his grandfather, James Dick, and other renowned artists such as Henry Hunt and Doug Cranmer. He also worked alongside master carvers Robert Davidson, Tony Hunt, and Bill Reid.

Dick created several important public works, including a transformation mask for the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 86 in Vancouver and the Ga’akstalas Totem Pole for Stanley Park, carved with Wayne Alfred and raised in 1991. His work has been shown in exhibitions around the world, including at the Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, B.C. (1976); Canada House, London, United Kingdom (1998); the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2010); and Documenta 14 in Athens, Greece, and Kassel, Germany (2017). He was the recipient of the 2012 VIVA Award and was artist-in-residence at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory from 2013 to 2017.