|Clint Work's Generations Cuff|
One of the most exciting artists in the Northwest Coast market right now is Clinton Work. While Clint began as a wood carver in his early twenties, and is one of the few artists who beats and weaves his own cedar bark embellishments, he has been engraving jewellery for the past seven years. Having trained with another one of my favourite jewellers, Kelvin Thompson, Clint began playing with texture, abstraction, and cropping as soon as he was proficient with the graver and block. Many of Clint's pieces appear as crisp and precise snapshots of larger, more elaborate designs. For example, his Abstract pendant below presents a set of cropped design fragments that seem to be part of an intricate bentwood box design. And, just to make this piece that much cooler, Clint made it from an old Canadian quarter.
|Clint's Abstract Pendant/Coin|
Clint has started applying this dynamic style, based on the principle of cropping, to some of his wood carvings. This method works especially well when it comes to large, round panels. Unfortunately for those fans of his residing in Vancouver, Clint moved to Portland a couple of years ago, in the name of love. What does love matter when it comes to wicked oxidized cuffs and three-foot round, deeply-gouged panels? Come on, Clint! The best place to find recent works by Clint is Lattimer Gallery, and they are always good about uploading his pieces as soon as they receive them.
Keywords: "Kwakwaka'wakw Jewelry", "Northwest Coast Jewellery", "A. B. C. Dawkins", "Haida Art"