Ed Russ Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

Ed Russ was born in 1953 in Masset a small community on the northern coast of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). He is a member of the Eagle clan of the Haida nation and his Haida name is Gitajung. His parents are Harold Minaker and Eleanor Russ.
Ed began carving argillite in 1972 and quickly became a full time artist working mostly in argillite and occasionally producing jewellery in gold and silver. His younger brother Gary Minaker-Russ began living with his brother and family while still in his mid-teens, and he soon began carving argillite under Ed’s direction. Gary is now a major argillite carver in his own right.
Ed has been included in all the major documentation on argillite carving including the books “Pipes that won’t Smoke and Coal that won’t Burn” by Carol Shehan—a catalogue of the feature argillite exhibition at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta, and “Argillite” by Leslie Drew and Douglas Wilson. His work is included in numerous museum collections including the Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay’Ilnagaay in Skidegate, British Columbia. Like most argillite carvers, he is largely collected privately and he has developed an enthusiastic international audience. Douglas Wilson, in the book argillite, accredits Ed Russ with introducing new stylistic innovations to argillite carving which is now part of his recognizable style.

Historical Sale Highlights

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Snowy Bridge with Sleigh
Maud Lewis
oil on board (12x14 in) circa 1964
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Two Oxen in Winter
Maud Lewis
oil on board (12x14 in) 1965
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Valley Farm, St. Tite des Caps
Alexander Young Jackson
Oil on Panel (8.5x10.5 in) circa 1933
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Young Girl With Bonnet
James Wilson Morrice
pencil drawing (4x6 in) 1906
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Harvest Time
Allen Sapp
Oil (24x34 in) 1969
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Anse-aux-Gascons
Marc Aurele Fortin
Oil on Canvas (35.25x40.25 in) 1942
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Autumn Algonquin Park
John William Beatty
oil on canvas (30x38 in) 1915
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Space Blue
William Ronald
Acrylic on canvas (48x36 in) 1995
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Cucumbers Drying for Seed
William Kurelek
pen & ink (14.5x23 in) 1977
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Interior of Old Fort Garry, 1870, demolished 1882
Ernest J. Hutchins
tempra & watercolour (12x16 in) 1910
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