Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Arts: Art & Artists

Artists of the World Series

This series showcases great artists of the world, presenting provocative biographies and in-depth studies of their art. Series: 8 programs (30 to 75 minutes). (2 programs available in Spanish.) Click for more

2. Robert Davidson: The Eagle Soars

"Recommended. The Native sculptor carving a totem pole tries to 'release images locked within the wood'; also he shares his views on the importance of working with an apprentice." -Booklist
Robert Charles Davidson, who began carving at the age of 13, comes from a long line of respected woodcarvers. His great grandfather was the famed Haida carver Charles Edenshaw, and his father, Claude Davidson, and grandfather, Robert Davidson Sr., too were respected carvers. A Northwest Coast native of Haida descent, Davidson has been a master carver of totem poles and masks for more than thirty years, and is a leading figure in the renaissance of Haida art and culture; he also works in a variety of other media as a printmaker, painter and jeweler. This beautiful, lushly filmed program introduces viewers to this acclaimed artist, while chronicling his intricate skills as he carves a totem pole. Aided by an apprentice, Davidson discusses his evolvement and shares his views on the state of Native Art in North America. Viewers will be engrossed to learn, as Davidson begins cutting into the large cedar, he is already envisioning the completed pole in his mind: seeing, feeling, the Great Eagle, the Salmon, and the Watchmen that will soon emerge from the wood. In three months, Davidson will transform the cedar into a monumental work of art. A 17-foot totem pole that will stand as a symbol of the rich Haida culture that he was born into. Produced by Hunter Rhodes Productions. 98/10DE JSCA 30 min.

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