Raven's New Gagabamolh (Button Blanket) Print

Lyle Wilson
  • Raven's New Gagabamolh (Button Blanket) Print
  • Raven's New Gagabamolh (Button Blanket) Print
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This limited edition art print on white paper, features an etched raven and the sun. Above, letters made from formline shapes spell "RAVEN". The story of this print includes both traditional and contemporary parts. The upper portion has Raven and the Sun partially hidden by his gagabamolh (button blanket in the Haisla language). This part refers to the legend of "Raven Releasing Daylight". This is one of his most famous adventures and since that time, Raven has become synonymous with Northwest Coast culture. Raven's formal potlatch name, Wee-git, means "Great Man". This is a pun since he was vain, egotistical, lazy and greedy. Raven's role in history became that of a metaphor of human weaknesses because of such undesirable traits.

Born in 1955 in Butedale, BC, Lyle Wilson grew up in the Haisla community of Kitamaat Village. As a boy, he was fascinated by the work of his uncle, carver Sam Robinson. While training to be a teacher at the University of British Columbia in 1976, he was further inspired upon discovering the wealth of First Nations art at MOA. Transferring to art school, Wilson obtained a diploma in printmaking from Emily Carr College in 1986. Much of Wilson’s work explores the boundaries of tradition, and he is highly praised for his experimental and distinctive compositions.

Wilson served as the artist-in-residence at MOA for many years and has become a major figure in rebuilding recognition for painted art, old and new. He also creates works in carved silver, wood and steel. Wilson's work has been showcased in many museums, galleries and public installations.

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Raven's New Gagabamolh (Button Blanket) Print
Raven's New Gagabamolh (Button Blanket) Print