Beau Dick | the artist
The artist Beau Dick
Born 1955, Alert Bay, Canada.
Lives and works in Alert Bay, Canada.
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The skill of the Northwest Coast woodworker revealed itself in the best of the bentwood boxes and chests. Meticulous measuring ensured that the wooden container would have even sides, vertical corners, a flat base and a lid that fit with exactness. Without ruler, set square or compass, the box-maker used his own system of geometry for measuring and calculating…
Beau Dick is versatile in several media. His work is found in many important private and public collections world – wide. He is known for the powerful quality of his masks, and reaching out beyond the confines of his own culture; he has exhibited in countless group exhibitions and has been the subject of many solo exhibitions. His work is found in private and public collections. He created a transformation mask for Expo 86 which now hangs in the Museum of Civilization, in Hull, Quebec. Locally, Dick has many pieces on display in the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia…
Beau Dick is an accomplished and talented Kwakwa ka̲wakw carver. He is actively engaged in all aspects of Kwakwakawakw culture and is highly regarded as a teacher and mentor. Although he is a prolific artist, Dick has concentrated on his culture as a whole, studying and revivifying the traditions of carving, dancing, and storytelling. While he recognizes the art market has played an important role in providing employment, and helped to keep the old forms