The art of Dempsey Bob
September 10 to November 20, 2022
Glenbow at The Edison
This exhibition celebrates the Tahltan-Tlingit master carver’s outstanding achievements with over 65 incredible pieces on loan from private and public collections. Read more here!
This exhibition is a co-production of the Audain Art Museum and McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and among the masterpieces on display are Wolf Chief’s Hat (c. 1993) and Northern Eagles Transformation Mask (2011). Such works exhibit expertise in carving cedar and alder while underlining Bob’s signature torqueing of the form, highly polished surfaces, and ability to orchestrate materials including mirrors, operculum shell, acrylic paint, and sea lion whiskers.
Dempsey Bob is from the wolf clan via matrilineal descent and traces his ancestry through Tahltan and Tlingit peoples. As a child, Bob learned traditional stories from his extended family and these narratives would become the subject matter of his art. During the 1970s, the aspiring artist apprenticed with the noted Haida carver Freda Diesing followed by courses at the Gitanmaax School of Art in Hazelton. Through the 1980s he studied old Tlingit poles and masks, as well as taught and made art in Ketchikan, Hoonah, and Sitka, Alaska. From the 1990s onward, Bob has gained a reputation as one of British Columbia’s most gifted carvers with solo and group shows in Vancouver and across Canada, while totem pole raisings in the United States, England, and Japan attest to his international standing.
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