Charlie James, Previously Sold Artwork

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Alert Bay Totem
Charlie James
Carved and Painted Wood (45x18.5x8 in) circa 1925
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Charlie James

(1870 - 1938)

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Charlie James, a famous Northwestern artist, was born in 1870 and died in 1938. Known for his revitalization of the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) style. He was Mungo Martin’s stepfather, and eventually guided Martin into the Northwest Coastal Art scene, acting as his mentor and expanding his learning of the arts in general. Martin went on to become one of the first traditional artists to deal with many types of Northwest Coast sculptural and painting styles. He carved his first commissioned totem pole in Alert Bay c1900–Raven of the Sea.