Untitled (Spawning Salmon)
Untitled (Spawning Salmon) by Marvin Oliver – First Nations Northwest Coast, Coast Salish Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: Very good condition – the print shows minor discoloration on the margins of the paper. Also, some pinching along the paper margins caused by previous framing is visible. Although visible, the condition noted is so minor that the print would still display beautifully even when framed floated. Refer to picture #10 to see an example of the noted condition.
Description by Artist: No description found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: This rare embossed serigraph features a deckle (feathered) edge, making this print extra beautiful. Creating a subtle 3D effect are the serigraph’s three embossed images, mimicking the black and red depiction of the salmon. The design portrays seven salmon that appear to be spawning. The interchanging dominant colours of black and red may indicate male and female salmon. The interconnecting pattern conjures up a sign of infinity, suggesting the ever-continuing process of death and birth. We could say that in this simple yet moving design, Marvin Oliver depicted life itself.
Refer to picture #9 for size reference. The serigraph is displayed against a blank sheet of letter-size (8.5” x 11”) paper, covering part of the image