Rare Print Collection: Untitled (Spawning Salmon), 1985, Marvin Oliver, Quinault Nation, embossed silkscreen, artist proof, 18" high x 43" wide paper size.
A rare hand-pulled serigraphs by master contemporary artist Marvin Oliver (Quinault/Isleta Pueblo Tribes). A long-time educator at the University of Washington, curator at the Burke Museum, and full-time artist, Oliver is known for his innovative experiments in glass, print-making and large scale public art.
Professor of Art and American Indian Studies at the University of Washington since the 1970s, Oliver has created a new print each year to bestow on graduates of the program.
Techniques such as embossing or foiling appear in many of Oliver's print series, bringing the sculptural traditions of his Northwest Coast heritage to bear in 2-D works.
Marvin is the son of Emmett Oliver (Quinault), creator of the massive “Paddle to Seattle” in 1989 that brought tribal members together to recreate epic canoe journeys down the Northwest Coast. The event has become an annual “Paddle” that lands in a different place each summer since. A participant since the early days of the journey, Marvin is able to tie his experiments in glass and modern media to his strong, solid roots in traditional culture.