Beaver (1978) by Earl Muldoe

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Beaver (1978) by Earl Muldoe

Seriograph (two colours on Arches buff)

Edition of 100

Measures: 30" x 22.5”



The traditional symbols of the beaver – large incisors and flat cross-hatched tail identify this design as an important crest figure. But what gives it distinction is the power and tension which Muldoe evokes from the controlled thrust and counter-thrust of line and form. In traditional Tsimshian art each line must flow in pre-ordained course, swelling and contracting, eventually turning on itself: but whether wide or narrow, straight or carved it must be balanced off with line and form of equal strength. Muldoe has “split” his design on either side of the centre. On first glance it may appear symmetrical, but a closer look reveals red form-line on the left, counterbalanced by black on the right. The human form of the beaver in the centre of the design reveals the head and hand to the left, carefully balanced by body and foot to the right. A superb work such as this, in which numerous subtleties occur, leaves the careful observer with a sense of the harmony of the universe – a sense which lay at the very heart of the lives of Indian people.


Earl Muldoe

Earl Muldoe was one of the first to enrol in the now famous Gitanmaax school of North-
west Coast Indian art in 1969. He is Hereditary Chief of the House of Delgamuukw

from the Beaver-Eagle Clan. He is today one of the most accomplished Indian artists
in the Northwest, carving in wood, bone, horn and ivory, doing ,etalwork in silver and

gold, as well as painting and printmaking. He has shared numerous important commis-
sions with other Gitanmaax School “Old-timer” Walter Harris, Vernon Stephens and

Art Sterritt. Earl has undertaken, both jointly and individually, some of the largest com-
missions for Native art in North America. This includes a major totem pole restoration/

replication project for the Gitanyow (Kitwancool) Hereditary Chiefs, and the carved
entry doors for the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. An
immensely successful full-time artist, he lived and worked at ‘Ksan, as an inspiration to

the younger artists of the village from 1969-1984. In 2011, he received the prestigious
Order of Canada from the Federal Government for his cultural contributions.