Born in Victoria, BC in 1920, Bill Reid was brought up in a cross cultural home with a German/Scottish-American father (William) and an Anglican-educated Haida mother (Sophie). In his early life Reid was unaware of his Haida ancestry until his...
Show moreBorn in Victoria, BC in 1920, Bill Reid was brought up in a cross cultural home with a German/Scottish-American father (William) and an Anglican-educated Haida mother (Sophie). In his early life Reid was unaware of his Haida ancestry until his teenage years, though was influenced by the Haida designs on jewelry worn by his maternal aunts. At 23 Reid visited Skidegate, his mother’s home-village, and was introduced to family members familiar with Haida traditions. Reid worked as radio announcer in BC, Western Canada, and then for the CBC. During this time he studied jewelry making in Toronto and went on to work with materials including gold, silver, platinum, copper, ivory and wood. Influenced by the work of Charles Edenshaw, Reid studied works of Haida art through publications and museum collections, and existing works in the Haida Gwaii community (and beyond), developing his own body of work. In addition to his role as artist, Reid was a writer, poet, and story-teller who used his fame to champion Haida land claims. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. ARTIST INFO: Bill Reid Foundation: http://www.billreidfoundation.ca/index.htm (Accessed January 11, 2017); Bill Reid Gallery: http://www.billreidgallery.ca/ (Accessed January 11, 2017); Bill Reid Virtual Museum curated by Dr. Martine Reid: http://theravenscall.ca/en (Accessed March 13, 2017)
Serigraph print depicting a dog salmon (also known as chum salmon) in Haida formline style. The image is created using black and red ink and is printed on beige coloured paper. IMAGE CREDIT: Image displayed courtesy of the Bill Reid Estate.
The text "Haida Dog Salmon SKAAGI" is handwritten at the bottom left of the print. "280/600 Bill Reid - 74" is written at the bottom right of the page.
- Reid Bill b. 1920 - d. 1998 Haida; Canadian (artists (visual artist))
- Art, Modern--20th century--salmon--Haida art--Haida artists--Haida mythology in art--Chum salmon--Fishes in art--Indigenous art
- printmaking; screen printing
- Camosun College Art Collection
- Camosun College