Cedar Smoke Spirit Dancers

Type of art: Painting, Drawing, Graphics & Photography

Ojibwa man is dancing with the spirit of the Raven in the full moon. Because of his intelligence, the raven has been given the ability to carry messages. During the dance with the Ojibwa man, the raven takes the prayers from the man to the spirit world and, in turn, brings back messages from the spiritual realm.

Materials: Cedar smoke on Annigoni paper, oak frame, framed with conservation glass

Technique: Reduction block print, cedar smoke transfer, edition of 25

Size: 26" W x 26" H

Price: $700
Gordon Coons
ABOUT GORDON COONS BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS Gordon Coons (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa/Ottawa) is a painter, printmaker and fumage artist. Largely self-taught, he paints in the Ojibwa Woodland style and creates fumage, smoke art, by burning cedar. He embellishes his fumage pieces with 24-karat gold leaf. He also prints with linoleum blocks and sculpts in stone and wood. Coons draws inspiration from his Anishinaabe heritage, and his bright color palette comes from his natural surroundings in the Great Lakes region. “I also enjoy incorporating playfulness in my images, telling stories of relationships between Western and Native cultures, and the connection we have to our shared historical events,” he says in his artist statement. Gordon Coons exhibits nationally, and his work is in permanent collections across the country. He regularly shows and wins awards at annual Native American art markets. More of his artwork can be seen online at gordoncoons.com
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