Haida Lineage Pole, 2006 by Geoff Greene, Haida First Nation sandblasted glass, metal stand Edition 8 of 45 6' high x 18' wide x 13' deep
The interplay between tradition and innovation is the premise for this contemporary totem pole. While cedar wood predominates, noted Haida artist Geoff Greene has applied his foresight in designing traditional Haida motifs in the contemporary medium of glass. It makes a strong visual statement with its structured Haida form line, yet the translucent nature of the glass softens the composition, clearly defining the progression of Haida art.
From the top, the Eagle is portrayed perched, with the Raven and Moon following. The Eagle signifies peace and friendship, while the Raven is the folk hero who created the moon, sun, stars, and the universe. The Bear at the base of the totem is a close relative to mankind known to share both human and animal traits.
Haida First Nation artist Geoff Greene was born on May 10th, 1959 in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. The Haida people are a matriarchal nation. In the spirit of matriarchal culture, Geoff inherited his talent as an artist naturally. Geoff credits his mother and grandmother for both influencing and promoting his artistic talent.
Geoff’s art has been influenced by his history, his culture and Haida traditions. The traditional designs and styles of the old people and famous artists such as Tom Price and Charles Edenshaw, are the visions Geoff captures in his art. Geoff strongly believes that it is in his history where the pride of his people lies, and so he has chosen not to adopt a contemporary style to his art. Geoff chooses to access traditional styles in his work, utilizing the colours of red and black in order to continually respect his ancestry.
Geoff’s creativity and talent can be found in a variety of media. The scope of who he is can be found in his argillite carvings, silverwork, paintings, Japanese Glass Balls, and traditional drums. His work evolves around the crests and legends of the Haida people. Geoff’s work recognizes honors and celebrates the many gifts of Mother Earth. Images of whales, eagles, ravens and frogs can be found throughout his work.
Geoff’s pieces can be found in many private collections. He displays and markets his art in galleries within Haida Gwaii and is presently branching out into the Vancouver market. Geoff belongs to the Raven and the Eagle Clans. Given who he is and where he comes from, it is certain that the ‘spirit of flight’ will remain a constant in Geoff’s artwork.