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U990.14.86
Artist / Maker : Hunt, George Jr.
Title : Kwagiulth Halibut
Date (Execution) : 1980
Geographical Origin : Tsaxis (Fort Rupert); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwagu'ł, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Formline design of halibut with both eyes in profile on one side. Another eye can be found in the centre. The print is primarily black and red with some green accents.
Accession # : U990.14.86
Width (cm) : 44.60
Height (cm) : 58.70
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : The Halibut is a flat fish that starts life swimming in a vertical plane and eventually turns over on its side to become a bottom feeder. The underneath eye moves to the upper side, giving the fish its unique appearance. One Native legend shows the halibut emerging as the first man after throwing off his skin, tail and fins soon after the great flood subsided. George Hunt Jr. has captured the distinctive characteristics of the halibut in this beautifully designed print inspired partly by an old design of the late Mungo Martin. (Statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics)