Original Nell Mary Bradshaw Oil on Board Painting, 1960's - SOLD
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1960's Oil on Board: Two Kwakiutl Houseposts
by famous Artist Nell Mary Bradshaw (1904 - 1997) Detailed information below
This is a marvelous piece of art. Nell Bradshaw's Original paintings are highly sought after and very collectable. Especially a paintings like this, estimated age 1960's. We usually don't offer pieces like this, but it's just so beautiful and we hope it will find a fabulous new home, it's been a part of our private collection.
Handwritten by the artist at the back: "Two Kwakiutl House Posts, Nell M. Bradshaw, Bear mother on top of each, Grizzly and Bear at the base, not at Thunderbird Park, Victoria, BC".
Measurements: painting itself 14" x 10", incl. frame: 20 1/2" x 16 1/2"
It's framed in a nice wooden frame, the color of the light gray really highlights the painting. Excellent condition. Please have a look. Signed on the lower right, I'm enclosing close-up images.
The artist: Primarily a self-taught artist, Nell Bradshaw took classes from H.G. Glyde and Molly Lamb Bobak at the Victoria Art Gallery, and received additional instruction from Duncan de Kergommeaux and Herbert Siebner. Her early work was influenced by the Group of Seven, and in particular by the work of A.Y. Jackson and Tom Thomson. Later she received inspiration from the work of Paul Klee, Vincent van Gogh, Jack Shadbolt and West Coast First Nations carvers. In 1964, after the death of her husband, she devoted herself to painting on a full-time basis. Interested in recording Haida culture, Bradshaw made several trips to the Queen Charlotte Islands in the 1970s. Her totem paintings became well known worldwide, and British Columbia provincial anthropologist Wilson Duff considered her totem works to be of the highest calibre. Humphrey Davy, in the Victoria Times in 1964, said of her totem paintings that, "she draws them as they are today; weather beaten, decaying and ready to topple over...but what lifts her paintings above the ordinary, is the feeling and mood she gives to her pictures. Sometimes the mood is almost tragic because it brings to the fore the passing of a glorious age of native culture."
After living in Victoria, BC since the 1960s, Nell Bradshaw passed away in 1997 at the age of 93.