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Kesu': The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer

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Northwest Coast Kwakwaka'wakw art is renowned for its flamboyant, energetic, and colorful carving and painting. Among the best-known practitioners was Doug Cranmer, whose style was understated, elegant, fresh, and unique and whose work quickly found an international following in the 1960s. Named K'esu', or Wealth Being Carved, as a child, he was an early player in the global, commercial art market and one of the first Native artists in British Columbia to own his own gallery. A long-time teacher, he inspired generations of young Native artists in Alert Bay and beyond.

This beautifully illustrated book is a record of the art, life, and influence of a man who called himself a "whittler" or "doodler" but who embodied "indigenous modern" well before the term had been coined. He pioneered abstract and non-figurative paintings using Northwest Coast ovoids and U-shapes; embraced the practice of silk-screening on wood, paper, and burlap; and adapted power tools to new applications in art. Skillfully weaving recollections from his friends and family, facts about his life and examples of his stunning artwork, K'esu' is a wide-ranging celebration of Doug Cranmer and his profound influence on Kwakwaka'wakw art.

Jennifer Kramer is curator of the Pacific Northwest, Museum of Anthropology, and assistant professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780295991443
Subtitle:
The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer
Author:
Kramer, Jennifer
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Art history
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Art - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120112
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Artists
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Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Individual Artists » Artists' Books
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Individual Artists » Monographs
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Native American
Biography » Artists, Architects, and Photographers

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