Framed Art Card - Serenity (9" x 12")
Artist: Andy Everson
Since time immemorial, my people have lived in villages nestled along the eastern shore of Vancouver Island. From these villages, they could make their living—fishing, hunting and gathering and developing an intensely complex social structure. At the heart of this social structure lies the potlatch or winter ceremonial. Many times, whether in the past or in the present, potlatches last throughout the night. “Serenity” represents one such long night at a small feast. The sun is coming up and the fires still burn strong as the business of the potlatch is performed.
The style of the bighouses in this print is modeled after those that one would find in Comox during the middle of the 19th Century. The second house from the left is structured specifically after a “Chief’s house” which was photographed in Comox in the 1860s by Frederick Dally.
The goal of this print is not only to represent a village at the peak of the potlatch era or a village in the throes of a winter ceremonial, its goal is really to create a feeling. It is my hope that “Serenity” evokes the self-same mood that its title purports to embody.
About The Artist
Andy Everson was born in Comox B.C. in 1972 and named Nagedzi after his grandfather, Chief Andy Frank. His cultural interests lay with both his Comox and Kwakwaka'wakw ancestries and are expressed through dancing, singing, and even the pursuit of a Master's degree in anthropology. Andy feels that my artwork stands on par with these other accomplishments.
Although he began drawing Northwest Coast art at an early age, his first serious attempt wasn't until 1990 when He started designing and painting chilkat-style blankets for use in potlatch dancing. From these early self-taught lessons he has tried to follow in the footsteps of m Kwakiutl relatives in creating bold and unique representations that remain rooted in the age-old traditions of his ancestors.