Elements, Bentwood Box by David A. Boxley, Alaskan Tsimshian
Elements Bentwood Box, 2016, David A. Boxley, Alaskan Tsimshian, 10” high x 7.5” wide x 7.5” deep, hand carved and painted red cedar, pigment.
David Boxley was born in 1952 in the Alaskan village of Metlakatla. A member of the Eagle Clan of the Tsimshian tribe, David was raised by his grandparents and took classes with master carver Jack Hudson in 1979, when he decided to devote himself to the study of traditional Tsimshian carving. Prior to his career as an artist, David graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Seattle Pacific University and worked as a teacher and coach. In 1986, after years researching and learning his cultural heritage, David decided to dedicate himself to carving full-time.
David is particularly known for his totem poles, as he has carved from fifty-eight over the course of his career. He is credited with bringing about a revival of Tsimshian culture, having taught and demonstrated in museums and institutions internationally. David is also actively involved in reviving traditional cultural activities, such as potlatches, memorials, and ceremonial song and dance.