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Bill Henderson
Please join us for the Artist Reception on
Saturday, May 13, 2017

2 - 5 pm

150 pieces of Canadian Art for

CANADA 150

Canada House Gallery is proud to present 150 pieces of quintessentially Canadian Art to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary! Featuring these 15 artists, 10 pieces each!


Join us for the artists' reception on Saturday May 13 2 - 5 pm and meet these 10 artists: Bill Brownridge, Floyd Elzinga, Bill Henderson, Sheila Kernan, Robert Lemay, Paul Reimer, Dieter Schlatter, Peter Shostak, Janice Tanton & Les Thomas

Exhibition runs May 10-23, 2017

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More work available from the artist
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KINGFISHER PUGWIS MAN FROM BOTTOM OF THE SEA SHOWPIECE
BIH046
yellow cedar, acrylic
23" x 17" x 14"
$ 5600 SOLD

SUN MASK SHOWPIECE
BIH045
yellow cedar, acrylic
$ 10400

KILLER WHALE PANEL SHOWPIECE
BIH044
yellow cedar, polychrome
22" x 38" x 3"
$ 4800

BEAVER MASK SHOWPIECE
BIH043
red cedar, polychrome
14" x 11.5" x 9"
$ 3900

OWL MASK SHOWPIECE
BIH042
red cedar, polychrome
14" x 11" x 11"
$ 3900 SOLD

EAGLE PADDLE SHOWPIECE
BIH041
yellow cedar, polychrome
62" x 9" x 1"
$ 2800

THUNDERBIRD PADDLE SHOWPIECE
BIH040
yellow cedar, polychrome
62" x 9" x 1"
$ 2800

LOON PADDLE SHOWPIECE
BIH039
yellow cedar, abalone, polychrome
62" x 9" x 1"
$ 2800

MOON MASK SHOWPIECE
BIH038
red cedar, abalone
32" x 32" x 7"
$ 8400 SOLD

KILLER WHALE PADDLE SHOWPIECE
BIH037
yellow cedar, polychrome
62" x 9" x 1"
$ 2800

ALL ARTWORK IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE


Bill Henderson

Bill was born into the Weiwaikum tribe in 1950, one of nine sons of the late Chief Sam Henderson(1905 - 1982) and his wife May Quocksister Henderson.  As a child, Bill learned the ways of an artist by watching his father, a self-taught carver.  Sam and May Henderson are well remembered as protectors of ancient customs, and they instilled in all their children respect for their cultural heritage.

At age seven, Bill carved a little whale plaque for his Grade 1 teacher; it is still proudly displayed at Campbellton School.  Young Bill would draw and paint stylized figures from Kwakwaka'wakw mythology on pieces of left over plywood in his father's shed - a shed he has carved in now for nearly half a century.

In his late teens, Bill took up carving more seriously and at 19 he began to sell his work.  Since then, he has honed his skills while preserving the family's traditional style in carvings, dance masks, paddles, bowls and plaques.  While he was always drawn to painting and the culture of carving, Bill never dreamed that his work would become sought after in a global marketplace.

A professional Native dancer, Bill performs at numerous potlatches and ceremonies.  The symbolism of the mystic character he portrays in dance can be seen in his art, be it the Crooked Beak of Heaven, the Grizzly Bear, or the Sea Monster.  The dance "Hunter of the Woods" was given to Bill by his father during a potlatch; it belongs to him alone.

Using methods handed down through time, Bill still fashions his own tools; blades from old net fishing knives are bent, tempered, sharpened and then attached to cedar handles with fishing twine.

Bill works to capture natural and supernatural figures in his work; legend and history are infused into each carving.  In crafting eagles, bears and his killer whales, he depicts how the resources of air, land and sea were important and life-giving to his people.

                                                       (excerpts from "Totem Legend" by Christine Scott)

Collections
The Museum at Campbell River, BC
Kwagiulth Museum and Cultural Centre, Quadra Island, BC
City Hall, Ishikari, Japan


Exhibitions
2017 CANADA 150, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB

Teaching
Mentor to his nephews, Junior and Greg Henderson
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po box 1570
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T1L 1B5

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