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White Raven

White Raven

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  • Artist:
  • Trevor Husband
  • Edition Size:
  • 150 signed and numbered, 15 artist's proofs, 15 remarques, 2 printer's proofs
  • Paper Size:
  • 51 x 51 cm, 20 x 20 inches
  • Image Size:
  • 41 x 41 cm, 16 x 16 inches
  • Publication Year:
  • 2020

White Raven is Trevor Husband's first limited edition print. It shows the legend of Raven, who, according to oral tradition, was originally white and stole the sun and the moon to bring light to the world.

Trevor Husband explains: "Growing up on Haida Gwaii, there was a white raven that appeared in the early 90's in the town of Port Clements. It would perch on the power lines near the gas station. Every one knew it was special, and we would ask if you had seen it if you drove through Port. One of the versions of the well known legend of "Raven Steals the Sun" tells that Raven used to be white, but after he stole the sun for the people of Earth he got burnt from carrying it down from the sky chief. After that he turned black.

This piece shows White Raven carrying the sun, just before he turns black. The Sun is shown as an egg, as it is in it's infancy. Inside Raven is man, who Raven sacrifices his feathers for to bring them the light. The feather above Raven's head symbolizes this sacrifice."

This design is printed in semi translucent white ink on black paper, emphasizing the relationship between White and Black Raven.

This limited edition silk screen print titled "White Raven" by Trevor Husband was hand produced by the screen printing process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist has inspected and signed each copy in the edition. The printer has destroyed all trial copies and obliterated the printing stencils.

Trevor Husband was born and raised on Haida Gwaii. His mother’s family is Cree from Sweetgrass, Saskatchewan, French and Irish. His father’s family is Gitxsan, English and Scottish. Trevor grew up in a tight knit community where he spent the majority of his time outside; fishing, hunting, and camping.

When Trevor was 18 he moved to Vancouver to focus on creative writing, and eventually turned his creative focus towards music. He played guitar, bass, and sang and rapped in many different bands, including hip hop, reggae, funk and rock groups. He was a songwriter in many of those projects. Acting was also something that he dabbled in.

After spending 15 years in Vancouver and starting a family, he settled in the Cowichan Valley and focused on visual art. He apprenticed under Coast Salish artist Herb Rice, learning the craft of wood carving, working on plaques and totems. After a couple of years Trevor started to develop his own style, which draws from his own experience of growing up around Haida art; living in Duncan, the “City of Totems”, which provided many different examples of different carving styles; and studying different styles up and down the coast.

Trevor is working to develop a unique style that draws from tradition, yet pushes the boundaries of the art form to new places. This is a tricky thing to do; to keep the feel and to respect the lineages that brought this style to us over time, while challenging the way that we think and look at the art form. As someone of mixed heritage, he tries to keep the spirit of Northwest art while using modern mediums and innovation to bring it to new places.

A commitment to ceremony helps Trevor to maintain this connection to spirit, as well as staying connected to the land. He also works part-time as a youth worker at the Duncan Native Friendship Centre to stay connected with the Cowichan community and give back. He works teaching carving, working on hip hop with youth, and advocating/mentoring with high-risk youth.