‘Raelene’ by Francis Dick – First Nations Northwest Coast Kwakwaka’wakw Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Description by Artist:
“I noticed you from afar, always standing outside of my periphery, the most amazing beauty, so quickly I would turn away.
Your eyes most haunting, calling to me, so familiar from lifetimes ago. Who are you?
And why do I remember you …
The calling is closer and the whispers clearer, I am so drawn to you.
And when we meet, without thought I listen, watch and inhale your place where you breathe from, and I am so indescribably moved inside myself from a place that has not ever been touched. Only through the highest honour that I know, I knew that I had to paint the way I feel, my love, my fascination, my appreciation, my gratitude that you are you and I was able to listen.
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The image in this print is symbolic of beauty, quiet strength and unpraised endurance. Also symbolized by the eagle, the hummingbird and the flower is the ability to be relationship with all creatures of the world. Hence they are depicted closely to and balance with the woman.
The wolf is symbolic of Kawadelekala, from whom I am descended, and it is wrapped around the image of quiet strength. In the top corner is the full moon and the crescent moon existing in simultaneous balance.”
— Francis Dick
Notes from DaVic Gallery: This limited edition silkscreen print titled “Raelene” by Francis Dick was published in June, 1999. It was hand produced by the screenprinting process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist was involved in the printmaking, checking the stencils and signing each copy in the edition: 100 signed and numbered copies, 10 Artist’s Proofs, 10 Remarque’s and 1 Printer’s Proof. All other trial copies have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.