Eagles & Tsimshian Thunderbird Frontlet by Rhea Bell (Haida)

Dimensions: 11 inches x 14 inches (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm)

Material: Acrylic on canvas

Year: 2024


"Eagles and Tsimshian Thunderbird Frontlet is part of an ongoing series that combines realism and Coastal First Nation Masters’ artwork. This ongoing artwork is a personal study of how formline represents the physical or supernatural body being depicted and how I can apply it in my artistic work." - Rhea Bell  

Through Rhea's eyes, a carving of a frontlet and eagles became a gateway to a new world. With intricate detail, she breathes life into this piece, each line evoking mystery and fascination. This painting captivates with its astonishing attention to detail. The piercing gaze of the eagles, the intricate feathers, and the detail of the abalone all contribute to its remarkable beauty. You can see the abalone's patterns and luminous qualities. Each tiny detail contributes to the overall realism and beauty of the artwork, enhancing its visual impact.

Carver of the Frontlet: Unknown.

By Haida artist Rhea Bell:

Rhea Bell is a Haida artist and graphic designer based out of Tlell, Haida Gwaii. Her art style encompasses everything from realism to formline, from painting to digital. She is from the Haida village of Old Massett and was given the Haida name G_andlee Kwaayáang which means Flowing River. Rhea is of the Iits'aaw Yahgujaanas Clan (Raven). Rhea's art education started at Red Deer College, in the Visual Arts Program and she graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Emily Carr University, Vancouver. Rhea's ambition is to become fluent in the Haida form in order to express her cultural identity through traditional and contemporary art forms.

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