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Bill Reid
1920 - 1998

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Beaver Bracelet with Multiple faces
native historical
2 x 4 x 3 (in)

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No other contemporary Northwest Coast artist has received the critical acclaim accorded Bill Reid. Reid's reputation as an artist derives in part from the pivotal role he has played in the rebirth of northern art, Haida art in particular. In 1948, when Reid decided to emulate his grandfather, Charles Gladstone, and become a silversmith and goldsmith, he did so not only by training as a jeweler but by studying old pieces stored in museums. As an expert jeweler he introduced complex traditional European jewelry techniques (e.g.repousse) to the manufacture to North west Coast metalwork. In fact, no other Northwest Coast Artist who works in precious metals has the range of techniques that Reid commands. In analyzing museum specimens, Reid along with Bill Holm, has been largely responsible for the modern understanding of the principles of Northern two-dimensional design. Thus Reid was the first Northern artist born in the twentieth century to comprehend the formal rules of this complex intellectualized art tradition, the principles of which had been lost to the few remaining Haida artists who practiced their craft in argillite and silver. Not only has Reid shared his understanding of Haida art with the public through the written word,film ,and his work in wood, silver, gold and other more or less exotic materials, he has also passed on his skills to younger artist. While it can be argued that Reid's stature as an artist must await a critical judgment of his work, something that has not yet been done, without question he is the bridge between the likes of Charles Edensaw and Robert Davidson . In this role, as connector, link, an active intelligence that has revived and carried on a remarkable art tradition, Bill Reid's greatness is secure.

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