'Kesu'

'Kesu'

The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer

Book - 2012
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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.

Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre : Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia ; Seattle, WA : University of Washington Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9780295991443
0295991445
9781553658597
1553658590
Characteristics: vii, 142 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,27 cm.
Alternative Title: Art and life of Doug Cranmer

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