Aging Trophy Wife Mask
David Neel is a Northwest Coast Native multi-media artist. He is a fifth generation Kwakiutl (Kwakwak'awakw) artist whose predecessors include: Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin and Charlie James. He apprenticed with traditional Kwakiutl master carvers from Alert Bay, in addition to studying the works of Haida, Tsimshian, Tlingit and Salish artists in numerous museum collections internationally. As a Native American artist he works in jewelry engraving, wood carving and canvas painting; and his works in in numerous public collections.
Portrait masks, both serious and humorous, were used traditionally among Northwest Coast Native Tribes; including the Haida, Kwakiutl and Tsimshian. I once saw a portrait mask in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution, which was carved as a memorial of a Chief’s daughter, and was the inspiration for this satirical piece.
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Alder Wood. Acrylic Paint. Horsehair
14" x 10" x 6"