Important Haida Argillite Sculpture “Beaver Lake” by Jay Simeon

$9,500 USD

Artist: Haida Jay Simeon (b1976-)

Materials: argillite, bone and abalone shell.

Dimensions:  5 ½” x 5 ½” x 4 ½”

Description: This exquisite sculpture, entitled “Beaver Lake” was Jay Simeon’s first piece of significance he created. The sculpture represents the Haida story in which there was a  time where a supernatural beaver had control of a lake filled with salmon, where later, Raven appears and steals the lake. This sculpture exemplifies the time before Raven arrived and features Beaver surrounded by three leaping salmon, his tail carved with great detail, his paws grasping a stick, thick teeth about to chomp down.

Simeon said this was his “break-through sculpture and that it was probably the first fully dimensional argillite piece [he] attempted”. Funnily enough, Simeon recounts that he whittled away again and again until he got the piece right, ultimately wasting a piece of argillite that was large enough to produce three sculptures. Thus, “Beaver Lake” was born.

Jay Simeon is a featured artist in Carol Sheehan’s book (see p 154-161) in which this carving is a feature in the book.

Referenced and Illustrated in:

Sheehan, Carol. 2008. Breathing Stone . Calgary, AB: Frontenac House Ltd. p. 157-159

Weight 4.0 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 5.5 × 4.5 in
Item Location

Canada

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Important Haida Argillite Sculpture

Artist: Haida Jay Simeon (b1976-)

Materials: argillite, bone and abalone shell.

Dimensions:  5 ½” x 5 ½” x 4 ½”

Description: This exquisite sculpture, entitled “Beaver Lake” was Jay Simeon’s first piece of significance he created. The sculpture represents the Haida story in which there was a  time where a supernatural beaver had control of a lake filled with salmon, where later, Raven appears and steals the lake. This sculpture exemplifies the time before Raven arrived and features Beaver surrounded by three leaping salmon, his tail carved with great detail, his paws grasping a stick, thick teeth about to chomp down.

Simeon said this was his “break-through sculpture and that it was probably the first fully dimensional argillite piece [he] attempted”. Funnily enough, Simeon recounts that he whittled away again and again until he got the piece right, ultimately wasting a piece of argillite that was large enough to produce three sculptures. Thus, “Beaver Lake” was born.

Jay Simeon is a featured artist in Carol Sheehan’s book (see p 154-161) in which this carving is a feature in the book.

Referenced and Illustrated in:

Sheehan, Carol. 2008. Breathing Stone . Calgary, AB: Frontenac House Ltd. p. 157-159.

  • Jay Simeon
  • CULTURAL GROUP:
    Haida (Kiusta) and Blackfoot

    BORN:
    July 27, 1976

    BIRTHPLACE:
    Fort McLeod, Alberta

  • Jay Simeon’s father is Eric Simeon, and his mother is Leonora Yellow Horn. His crests include Eagle, Killerwhale, Cormorant, Frog, Beaver, Flicker, and Raven. Jay trained under the guidance of Sharon Hitchcock, a Haida artist who is also his aunt, at the age of fourteen. After being introduced to Andrew Williams, an emerging Haida argillite carver, he was inspired to take up carving in this medium. His progression as an artist has been very rapid, and he creates outstanding works in several media, some of which are elaborately inlayed with abalone and mastodon ivory. With his incredibly detail-oriented style, Jay is one of the most sought-after artists working today. In 2006, one of his argillite pieces was featured in the highly successful Raven Travellingexhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2008, Jay was one of fourteen Haida argillite carvers to be featured in Carol Sheehan’s book Breathing Stone. In 2009, Jay was included in theChallenging Traditions exhibition at Ontario’s McMichael Gallery, a show that was dedicated to exploring innovative and experimental works from the Northwest Coast. Jay works in argillite, silver, gold, cedar, and acrylics.

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Weight 4.0 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 5.5 × 4.5 in
Item Location

Canada

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