Lot 1255
Stan Hunt (Kwa-guilth, b. 1954), BEAR MASK
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
1986, Tsakis, hand-carved wood with polychrome decoration, pencil signed and inscribed to the interior: "Stan Hunt / Fort Rupert KWA-GUILTH / (TSAKIS) / BEAR MASK / 1986." The verso wired for wall display.

11 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.

Stanley C. Hunt is the youngest son of master carver, Henry Hunt and currently works at his studio in Fort Rupert, BC. His grandfather, Mungo Martin, is widely credited with saving Kwakwaka'wakw art from extinction in the early part of the century. Mungo Martin also provided the link with tradition for the family; from his songs sung around the kitchen table to the extravagant ceremonies of the potlatch. Stan's masks, totem poles and graphic original paintings are collected for their authenticity and traditional roots in stories of the Kwakwaka'wakw people.

His father, Henry Hunt, was a renowned master carver who worked at the Royal British Columbia Provincial Museum in Victoria for many years. His older brothers, Tony and Richard Hunt, are among the leading artists in the Kwakwaka'wakw form. With the support, encouragement and guidance from his father, he spent the next three years learning knife techniques and carving plaques for the Victoria tourist trade. He also assisted his father in the carving of six totem poles. Stan's interpretation of the Kwakwaka'wakw style is starkly traditional. No power tools or sandpaper are used; only the traditional tools, the adze, curved knife and straight knife. Stan’s work can be found in museum and private collections around the world.

Good estate condition.