Chief Beau Dick Walas Gyum

Kwakwaka’wakw Hereditary Chief Beau Dick draws on a deep knowledge of ceremonial Kwakwaka’wakw culture, giving us face-time with the mythological with a pantheon of masks. At the same time, Dick mediates the space between aesthetics, social utility, and the art for sale condition. Beau Dick, acclaimed as one of the Northwest Coast’s most versatile and influential carvers, was born on Village Island, Kingcome Inlet, BC in 1955. Beau passed away in 2017, and he is greatly missed by all as a teacher, a legendary artist and storyteller, family man, and friend.

Biography

Gallery Exhibitions:

Installation view (detail), Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity (16 January-17 April 2017) at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia. Photo: Michael R. Barrick
Beau Dick, Installation view (detail), Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity (16 January-17 April 2017) at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia. Photo: Michael R. Barrick
Installation view (detail), Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity (16 January-17 April 2017) at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia. Photo: Michael R. Barrick
Installation view (detail), Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity (16 January-17 April 2017) at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia. Photo: Michael R. Barrick
Installation view, Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity (16 January-17 April 2017) at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia. Photo: Michael R. Barrick
Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity (16 January-17 April 2017) at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia. Photo: Michael R. Barrick
Installation view, Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity (16 January-17 April 2017) at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia. Photo: Michael R. Barrick
Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity (16 January-17 April 2017) at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia. Photo: Michael R. Barrick
Installation view, Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity (16 January-17 April 2017) at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia. Photo: Michael R. Barrick
Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity (16 January-17 April 2017) at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia. Photo: Michael R. Barrick
Atlakin masks, cedar, bark, cotton, paint
Atlakin masks, cedar, bark, cotton, paint
The Ghost Con-fined to the Chair, 2012, 31“x13”x19”, chair, carving, documents, feathers
The Ghost Con-fined to the Chair, 2012, 31“x13”x19”, chair, carving, documents, feathers

 

 

Beau Dick, Pookmis, 18″x26″, wood, feathers horse hair, paint
Beau Dick, Pookmis, 18″x26″, wood, feathers horse hair, paint.
Beau Dick, Pookmis, 14″x33″, wood, horse hair, canvas, paint
Pookmis, 14″x33″, wood, horse hair, canvas, paint.
Beau Dick, Shark Woman, 11″x16″, wood, horse hair, paint
Shark Woman, 11″x 16″, wood, horse hair, paint.
Beau Dick, Otter Man, 14″x33″, wood, horse hair, paint
Otter Man, 14″x 33″, wood, horse hair, paint.
Beau Dick, Yagis, 15″x22″, wood, horse hair, cedar bark, paint
Yagis, 15″x 22″, wood, horse hair, cedar bark, paint.
Beau Dick, Sword of Toquit, 2012, 42″x11″x10”, cedar, cedar bark, paint
Sword of Toquit, 2012, 42″x 11″x 10”, cedar, cedar bark, paint.
Tsonaqua, 2012, 35” x 45” x 16“, cedar, paint, twine, horse hair
Tsonaqua, 2012, 35” x 45” x 16“, cedar, paint, twine, horse hair.