Framed Print: Forty Years by David A. Boxley, Alaskan Tsimshian
Forty Years, 2020 by David A. Boxley, Alaskan Tsimshian silkscreen, edition of 99 29" high x 27.5" wide x 1" deep
The year 2020 marks Alaskan Tsimshian artist David A. Boxley's fortieth year as a carver, dancer, singer, language preservationist, and teacher. To commemorate this milestone, David has produced a limited edition silkscreen print that represents his life as a father, grandfather, artist, and keeper of tradition. Quintana Galleries has been deeply honored to have worked with David for over 25 years of his remarkable career.
About the print:
In the center of the print we see David A. Boxley represented as Eagle. David is a member of the Laxsgiik (Eagle clan), and his four Tsimshian names include one meaning "He Who Works with the Cedar." This name is represented by the traditional carving adze that Eagle is holding. The four figures encircling Eagle represent the four decades of David's journey becoming a master artist and important keeper of the Alaskan Tsimshian traditions.
Look closely into the body of Eagle. In the wing is the face of a Wolf, which represents David's sons David Robert and Zach, both members of the Wolf clan of Metlakatla. In the heart of Eagle are two faces representing his wife Michelle, and his grandson Sage. In the tail of eagle is a human face representing Dylan and Darius Sanidad, David's stepsons. The figure that is the tongue of Eagle, represents the important work David has done to preserve his traditional dialect Sm'algyax, which means "real or true language."