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Richard Hunt

Two Loons

"I was out golfing at Cordova Bay Golf Course one evening and I noticed a beautiful orange sky.  I tried to imagine the colour while I was painting this design, because it reminded me of 'the red sky at night'."  

         Loons, which tend to be solitary birds, must get together to mate.  The loons represented in this design are kissing each other showing their reflections in the water.  The loons are never lonely as long as they have their reflections.  The diamond design around the rim depicts the white dashing which appears on the loons' body.

         The loon is used in our dances and is used on the top of a sea monster's head.  The loon is said to be swimming in the lake; the sea monster rises from the depths only to land the loon on top of its' head."


"Two Loons", design beautifully matted and framed.  Finished size 10" x 9".  Eight Richard Hunt designs and assorted frame sizes available.   Affordable small art $60.00  Available designs:

  • Kulus
  • Two Loons
  • Going Home
  • Raven & Sisiutl
  • Kingfisher
  • Supernatural Frog
  • Kwaguilth Moon
  • The Loon


Richard Hunt

Richard

I try to remember to thank our ancestors for keeping our traditions and culture alive.  They went through a lot of hardship for us.  The main influence in my artwork came from my father, Henry Hunt, as well as from Willie Seaweed's work.  These are the people who turned our works from being considered a craft to being regarded as historical art.  I believe the time has come to recognize our works as cultural property.

When I make something, I am claiming the rights to it for myself, and at the same time for our children and all  Kwakwaka'wakw people.  They are the ones who really own it.

I was thirteen when I decided that I wanted to be a carver.  My brothers and I had gone berry picking in Saanich to make money.  I dreamt of berries all that night, and woke up the next morning knowing that I wanted to be a carver like my dad.  My mother told me to go and learn from my father, and that's how I started, making little paddles and masks.  It was a hobby that turned into a way of making an income through my school years.  The more I carved, the more I realized that what I was carving came from my culture.  That is why I believe that what I create is cultural property and it is my job to educate the public about my culture as much as I can to keep it alive.

        to commission an artwork please call Richard at 250-889-1423 or via email richard@richardhunt.com