A marvelous owl mask by Tim Alfred.
It measures 29 inches across. $1100.
IN HIS OWN WORDS:
I was born in Alert Bay, B.C. in 1967 and moved to the village of Fort Rupert, B.C. in 1985. Kwakiutl (Fort Rupert) is the style of artwork I carve.
In 1989, at a memorial potlatch for my brother, my mother’s family placed me in the family’s chief position at the big house in Alert Bay, where I received my name “Mus-cum-tsi”, which symbolizes the four clans of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation.
I first started carving in the world renowned Kwakiutl style at the age of 20 and was mainly instructed by Stanley C. Hunt. Wayne Alfred, Beau Dick, and Calvin Hunt were also influences in my carving career. As a young artist I was able to learn techniques making bentwood boxes, planking for cedar trees, carving masks, paddles, model canoes, and making regalia for traditional use in the Big House.
I have also done charity work for the memorial trophies and made donations to carious find-raising events in my community, including the reconstruction auction to benefit work for the Big House in Alert Bay.