Luke Parnell

A Brief History of Northwest Coast Design

2007
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Having apprenticed and worked with master carvers, Parnell draws on Haida, Nisga’a and Tsimshian historic art, as well as Indigenous and western art histories, in his installations. This image – inspired by historic Northwest coast designs such as those found on bentwood boxes or feast bowls – is treated differently from left to right over the eleven panels to signal the changing path of traditional knowledge and customary practices, from flourishing, to interruption, to repression and, finally, renewal and resurgence through today’s artists.
Artist
Title
A Brief History of Northwest Coast Design
Date
2007
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
cedar, plywood, and acrylic paint
Dimensions
286 x 245 x 37 cm (installation dimensions variable)
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2014
Accession number
46279.1-11