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Hummingbird And Moon

Hummingbird And Moon

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  • Artist:
  • Joe Wilson
  • Edition Size:
  • 90 signed and numbered, 9 artist's proofs, 9 remarques, 2 printer's proofs
  • Paper Size:
  • 53 x 56 cm, 21 x 22 inches
  • Publication Year:
  • 2020

Hummingbird and Moon is a limited edition print by Joe Wilson. It shows the hummingbird hovering in mid air, face to the moon. In the moon, we see an owl, or eagle face. According to the artist, this is a matter of interpretation, and it makes sense to interpret the face of the moon as an owl, who are most active at night. The counterpart to this print, Hummingbird and Sun, would consequently feature the eagle face.

To the First Nations of the Northwest coast, the hummingbird is a messenger of joy. They are good omens and symbols for intelligence, beauty, devotion, and love. The hummingbird derives its name from the sound the wings make when the bird is in flight, or hovering. The wings flap at a rate of up to 80 times per second, depending on the species. They are the smallest of all birds.

This limited edition silk screen print titled "Hummingbird And Moon" by Joe Wilson 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. All trial copies of this edition have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.

Joe Wilson is a Coast Salish artist who was born in 1967, and raised at Koksilah near the small city of Duncan on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. His keen interest in native art began at the tender age of 12 whilst watching his stepfather, Johnny Sampson, design and carve beautiful native artworks. However, fierce competition with his younger brother, Rick, motivated Joe to take his artistry seriously: “That’s when I frustratingly started really applying myself. Even back then I had it in my heart to be one of the best out there in our field [Coast Salish Territory] and I did it.”

At the young age of 17, Joe began producing and marketing his various Aboriginal paintings and carvings within the local region. Since then, he has apprenticed under master carvers such as the late Simon Charlie and Coast Salish artist Charles Elliott, and studied under Nuu-Chah-nulth master carver Tim Paul at the Royal British Columbia Museum. Joe has studied northwest coast native art extensively and has emerged as one of the most prolific Coast Salish artists today.

A soft-spoken man, Joe’s northwest coast Native art speaks of confidence and strength and has a unique and original style. His colours are bold and unconventional, yet extremely appealing and rich.