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Richard Hunt

Sea Eagle

Sea Eagle is an actual bird used in the dance of the Animal Kingdom from the Sea.  The Sea Eagle dances out backwards and then turns counter-clockwise and opens his arms up to reveal his beautiful costume.  The Sea Eagle belongs to the Kwaguilth people of Northern Vancouver Island, B.C.

The screen-printing process produces all prints by Richard Hunt. The artist is involved in the print making and checking all stencils in each copy in the edition.  The edition size of "Sea Eagle", printed in 2001, consists of 100 signed and numbered prints, 10% are artist proofs and 10% are Remarque's and 2 printers proofs.  All other trial copies have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.

Richard Hunt copyrights this design and each design is printed once.



Richard Hunt


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