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Sea Eagle From The Deep by Tim and Tom Paul, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation

Sea Eagle From The Deep by Tim and Tom Paul, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation

Regular price $5,000.00 Sale

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

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

Chief Carver 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.