Fine Haida Argillite broach
Artist: Patrick McGuire , Skidegate
Dimensions: 1 ½ ” x ¾ ” x ¼”
Description: A finely carved argillite eagle head. Signed Pat McGuire 70”
Patrick McGuire Born 1943
Skidegate, Haida Gwaii
Pat McGuire’s primary crests were Eagle and Killer whale. He was a descendant of the great Haida artist, Charles Gladstone. He began drawing and painting at a very young age,. He was very attracted to argillite in his youth, and is best known for his work in this medium, although he was also a gifted painter and maker of silver and gold jewelry. Pat’s carving style was distinctive with clean and sweeping lines. He was also one of the few modern Northwest Coast Native artists to produce water colour paintings on a regular basis. He moved to Vancouver in his twenties, and established an unofficial school of argillite carving. He worked with many artists including Pat Dixon, Denny Dixon, Ron Russ, and Doug Wilson. He passed away in 1970. His works are well represented in museum collections.