W’ats’a (Land Otter), Silkscreen Print by David Robert Boxley, Alaskan Tsimshian
W’ats’a (Land Otter), David Robert Boxley, Alaskan Tsimshian, 23.25” x 22.25” paper size, silkscreen print.
David Robert Boxley is an esteemed Tsimshian artist from Metlakatla, Alaska. Born on July 27, 1981, David Robert is the eldest son of the renowned carver David Albert Boxley. From a very young age David Robert was passionate and proud of his culture. David Robert began carving under the instruction of his father at six years old.
As an adult, he has continued to express the love and respect he has for Tsimshian culture through his art, cultural performance and teaching. David Robert’s elegant design style is drawn from a strong tradition of Tsimshian carving and design, and has been heavily influenced by the teachings of his father. Since 2009, David Robert has carved alongside Haida artist Robert Davidson, and with his guidance, David Robert has honed his craft to compare with the very best in Northwest Coast art.
In addition to carving full-time, every year David Robert and his father lead their dance group, the Git-Hoan Dancers, in performances around North America.