Posted Monday, January 18, 2010
well, I am gently moving away from my Japan research and obsession and moving towards researching and developing work inspired by Northwest Coast Native Art. I was looking for some books to inspire me and found this which was good and I am still reading it. http://www.washington.edu/uwpress/search/books/HOLNWC.html
but what really was wonderful was Learning by Designing - Northwest Coast Native Indian Art. Very helpful. http://www.ravenpublishing.com/designvol1.htm
I also fell in complete love with this Haida Manga artist/founder Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. His work reminds me of Georgia O'keeffe another favorite artist of mine - meets Hokusai - meets Haida. Incredible. Check out his work called War of the Blink and Red. Incredible work. His website is www.haidamanga.com and his blog (with more wonderful images of his shows etc.) Above is a couple of sample images from his work.
The Vancouver Art Gallery is showing the latest manifestation of Haida manga starting on Feb 5. It is a 4 meter long mural, the originals paintings for the book, RED, a Haida Manga. http://www.dmpibooks.com/book/red
Also on exhibit is RED, Haida Manga Party Mix, a four minute music video co created with Cris Derksen. http://www.myspace.com/crisderksen
The Bone Box is permanently displayed at the new MOA in Vancouver and the first permanent exterior Haida manga sculpture, Take Off can be seen at the Thunderbird Winter Sports Arena at the University of British Columbia.
This spring will also see the release of Haida manga in "Declaration of Interdependence" (David Suzuki) and Little Hummingbird both released by Greystone Books. http://www.dmpibooks.com/book/the-little-hummingbird
Benjamin Brown Books will also release "He called her Loo Taas" by haida author Amanda Reid Stevens and including some Haida manga.
Finally for anyone in Germany ZDF television will air an interview on Haida Manga after Feb 8th. The interviewer is Wolf Christian Ulrich.
Thank you for your generous words.
January 30, 2010 | michael nicoll yahgulanaas
Update April 24, 2013: I have since purchased Red, which is a tale of vengeance and has very much a dark quality to the story though it is painted in glorious bright colours, and The Little Hummingbird which is a traditional folktale that he illustrated with black and white line art. i was not disappointed.