Keeper of the Animals 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.
This mask features a man as the central face with a beluga whale, peregrine falcon, tree frogs and Atlantic salmon; all endangered species. Man, at the top of the food chain, due to his mastery of technology, has become the keeper of the animals.
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Alder wood. Abalone Shell. Acrylic Paint. Feathers. Cedar Bark
38" x 14" x 9"