Sea Eagle From The Deep by Tim and Tom Paul, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation
Sea Eagle From The Deep, 1999 by Tim and Tom Paul, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation red cedar, cedar bark rope, pigment 7.5” tall x 17.5” long x 19” wide This carving can be a table piece or hang on a wall
Provenance: Carved in 1999 for Tim Paul's one-man exhibition at Quintana Galleries satellite gallery in the Southwest Museum at LACMA supporting the exhibition Down From the Shimmering Sky: Masks of the Northwest Coast
Story of Sea Eagle From The Deep:
"Many generations ago a young man was fishing between the waters of Hesquiaht and Nootka Island when he saw something huge swimming through the ocean. The next day he saw the creature again, and he realized it was a giant sea turtle! The fisherman saw him flying through the water beside his boat. He realized the Sea Turtle was flying with the help of the great Sea Eagle. He tried to reach out and touch them, but these were mythical creatures, and they dove down deep into the water and away. The giant sea turtle only appears when trade winds and warm currents come our way." - Tim Paul
Tim Paul was born in 1950 in the town of Zaballos, which is situated on the west coast of Vancouver Island. He is a member of the Hesquiaht band of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation, located in the central region of the Tribal Council territory.
Tim apprenticed with Richard Hunt and Art Thompson, as well as other West Coast carvers. In 1977, he became Assistant Carver at the Royal British Columbia Museum's carving program at Thunderbird Park, and in 1984 he became the Senior Carver. He now works with a number of apprentices teaching Nuu-chah-nulth culture to the next generation.
Tim is a very spiritual person and knows many of the oral stories that have been passed down by his grandfathers. He uses his carvings and sculptures as a medium to pass on this information that is so important in his culture. He is extremely dedicated to continuing the traditions of his society through the distribution of his artwork.
Tim carves masks, rattles, bowls, canoes, sculptures and totem poles. He was selected to be the main carver for the Hesquiaht pole at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections worldwide.Tim has had work published in over 27 books and exhibition catalogues as well as numerous magazines.
Selected Collections: Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec Captain Cook Museum, Middlesbrough, England Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, British Columbia Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, California The Ethnographic Museum, Stockholm, Sweden The City of Auckland, New Zealand University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ChiefCarver Projects: Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec Commonwealth Games (1990), Auckland, New Zealand Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia Yorkshire Sculpture Park, England
Tom Paul was born May 8, 1979 in Victoria, British Columbia. He is a member of the Hesquiat First Nations, located in the central region of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council territory. Tom is the son of Nuu-Chah-Nulth master carver, Tim Paul. He spent much of his childhood with his father at the Royal British Columbia Museum, immersed in an environment that enabled him to absorb his father’s teachings of Nuu-chah-nuth culture and carving techniques.
After a lengthy apprenticeship with his father, Tom began selling his own works in 1993. He plans to continue the traditions of his society through the creation of his artwork.He is now widely collected, both nationally and internationally.The implicit beauty of Tom’s work attracts many people to his carvings, but the richness of his cultural legacy adds a depth to his work that is inspiring to everyone.