Category Archives: First Nations Art

Redkettle Gallery’s Current Works: First Nations Canadian Artists

Today, Redkettle Gallery’s blog is featuring the current inventory of works by artists who are members of Canada’s First Nations. Above is a powerful work by Floyd Joseph, a numbered serigraph “Wolf Dancing with the Moon” – more details and a close up can be viewed at:


At the moment, Redkettle Gallery is fortunate to have two lovely Haida masks by James Leslie, whose Haida Raven Clacker mask  was sold about a month ago.

These are the intriguing Salish Deer mask seen above and in detail at:

And this Kwakiutl Raven Clacker mask seen in more detail at:


Above, an original – a very large acrylic painting by Isaac Bignell – check out the details at:


Although the paintings below by Corinna Ray of the Sandy Lake community are not shown on the website at the moment, Redkettle Gallery has a handful of these lovely original acrylic on canvas paintings being offered at a low price that reflects the fact that this is an emerging artist.



You can support Ms Ray while she works to achieve her potential as the daughter of Carl Ray – an artist from the same community whose record stands for itself.

Contact Redkettle Gallery: to obtain further details, discuss shipping etc.


A Striking Kwakiutl Mask by James Leslie


Perhaps one of the most exciting things about sharing a post with you each week is the opportunity, through research, to learn more about the art of our vast country and to learn more too about Canada’s  history and diverse peoples.



This week I will be sharing some of the sites I looked through today in my search for information to inform my appreciation of this magnificent Kwakiutl ceremonial mask By James Leslie. I urge you to use these links to read further :

This beautifully carved, woven and paint decorated ceremonial clacker mask of a Kwakiutl Raven has been created by James Leslie, who  studied and trained under both Tony Hunt Sr and Jr on Vancouver Island. As you will discover by reading the content of the above-noted websites, the Hunts were instrumental in saving the carving traditions of their forebears for future generations and are descended from a long line of ceremonial carvers.



James Leslie’s mask has been carved from cedar and paint decorated using the colours and symbolry of the Kwakiutl people. The mask was worn on top of the head, as shown in the photograph at the top of this post, and the  fringe hid the dancer from sight while allowing him to see out through the braided strands of cedar bark.

The mask merasures 29x9x9 inches and comes complete with the stand on which it is displayed.

On top of the raven’s head is a small carved human skull, nestled in a nest of cedar bark.

This magnificent one-of-a-kind mask can form the focal point of your West Coast Native Art collection! Contact for details regarding pricing and shipping to your address. As always, Mich is willing to discuss several equal monthly payments so that acquiring this lovely original piece of art is feasible for you!



In closing, Mich and I wish all our readers a happy and safe holiday season and for there to be Peace and Plenty on earth this Christmas.

Until 2012 – Season’s Greetings from Mich and Janet




Some Pre-Christmas Pricing for First Nations Art

with thanks to Country Living magazine

Corinna Ray - Young Moose

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, even here on the West Coast of Canada – cold and frosty most mornings, and the countdown is underway! On the east coast aside from a foot of the white stuff last month we’re good to go.
Today RedKettle is offering some special Christmas pricing on 4 lovely pieces of First Nations Art.
Mich has three strong pieces by Corrina Ray of the Sandy Lake Reserve – way north of Sioux Lookout;  and beause Corinna is an emerging artist, her original acrylic on canvas  paintings are priced low.  You will be acquiring great art at very low cost.

Corinna Ray - Moose with Owl

All three pieces are unframed and will ship rolled in a mailing tube at a far more reasonable rate than framed canvases and can be expected to arrive with no damage to be hassling about.

Corinna Ray - Owl

As you can see by the large moose painting which was photographed in a home setting and in a temporary frame, these original works of art will fit nicely into any home and make a statement about the things that you care about!
These three paintings are specially priced as individual purchases and if you buy  all three,  Mich will make you an extremely good price. 
Contact to discuss purchase and shipping details
TIP:An inexpensive and great looking alternative to conventional frames is to get your framer to use stretchers – the lovely colours and movement in these paintings will shine in such a simple setting.

Isaac Bignell - Towards a New Tomorrow

This isRedKettle’s huge  five feet square painting in acrylic on canvas by Isaac Bignell – this painting is being priced way below market value as Mich is downsizing and he really needs the space. The price is now $1750 plus what will be quite reasonable shipping as the canvas is unframed. This huge painting will make a statement no mstter whether you display it at home; or in your professional office, lobby or boardroom.

It is not too late to get delivery in time for Christmas for any of these lovely original paintings if you act now – contact to arrange.

Unril next week when we will start showing some great new acquisitions, so long from Janet in the mysterious east, and Mich on the Left Coast!