Mother's love, Original painting by late artist Gus Modeste


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Original painting, water color and colored pens

Title: A MOTHER"S LOVE by Gus Modeste, a missed friend and member of the Coast Salish First Nations who sadly left us in 2020, way to early!!!

What a beautiful piece of Art! It's all about Love and caring - and the story that happened in 2018 caught the world's attention:

A Killer Whale carrying her dead baby on her back for more than 16 days. The mother whale was first spotted carrying her dead calf off the shore off Vancouver Island. Killer Whales have always been known to carry their dead calf’s for a few days, but this mother just couldn't get past the loss of her baby and just couldn't let go. 

Gus captured the love and uniqueness of this animal like only a master of this art can. Just have a look at this - I will let the images speak for themselves. The expression is wonderful!!! It comes in a wooden frame.

"A Mother's love" was turned into a Limited Edition Print with an Edition size of 120

Measurements: 13 1/4" x 10 3/4" incl. frame

This is the link to the article, published by CBC news from Jan. 2020 (if link doesn't work please copy and paste):

Article quoted: “Family, friends and fans are mourning the loss of internationally-recognized Penelakut Coast Salish artist Gus Modeste, who died late last week at the age of 44. Modeste spent his childhood on Gabriola Island and Penelakut Island before attending Chemainus Secondary School. There, he discovered a talent for carving and painting, and eventually became known for his detailed art. Since then, his carvings and prints are featured in private collections around the world including in Germany, Italy, Japan, and Belgium. One of his most memorable pieces is a print entitled Mother's Love, which depicts a mother killer whale carrying her deceased calf on her back, after the display of apparent grief by Orca 35 in the summer of 2018. He also has totem poles erected at Chemainus Secondary School and along a walkway in Crofton, B.C.

"[Art] was a gift that he was born with," said Francis Horne, a world-renowned Coast Salish master carver and Modeste's mentor. Horne taught Modeste to improve his carving skills after he graduating high school. "It used to blow my mind how he could do such small carvings with these great big hands," said Horne, adding that Modeste was often inspired by animals and nature. Horne went on to offer Modeste support throughout his life. 

A humble, private life: Modeste's step-mother, Fay Modeste, said the artist lived a private, humble life in Duncan, B.C., where he used artwork to express himself and connect with the world. But the last decade had been difficult as he struggled with, among other medical issues, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which causes heart problems. "Everything started to fail and things were shutting down," she said of his condition. Modeste died Thursday after reaching out to family and friends on Facebook. "Gus was on the phone with so many people that night," said Fay. "I think he knew he was passing." 

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$485.00 CDN

$369.33 USD

About This Artist

Another friend gone way to soon!!!! We will miss you, Gus!!!!! You were the best!!!! Gus Modeste is a member of the Coast Salish First Nation. He originates from a small town on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada's Pacific...Artist bio and other available works »

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