NOVEMBER 4, 1946


Born in Hydaburg, Alaska, both grandfathers (one was famed Haida artist Charles Edenshaw) and his father were noted carvers.  Robert, whose Haida name means “Eagle of the Dawn,” began carving at age 13.  In Vancouver, in 1966, he was coached by famed carver Bill Reid.  In 1967, Davidson attended Vancouver School of Art.  A noted carver of totem poles & masks, printmaker, painter & jeweller, his works are in:  National Gallery of Canada (NGC); Canadian Museum of Civilization; and Vancouver Art Gallery.  A solo exhibit at NGC, Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge, was sponsored by the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia (B.C.) in 2007.  He was featured in the documentary Haida Modern, at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2019.  Awards: Inspire Award; Officer, Orders of B.C. & of Canada; Governor General’s Award for Visual Arts; and Audain Prize, Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts.  Davidson currently lives near Vancouver, and in Massett, Haida Gwaii, B.C.

Biography, Robert Davidson (website).  Retrieved, 8/2/2020,
Photo:  Joe Mabel, 5/5/2013.  "Gyaana" Haida totem pole, Totem Plaza at Lions Lookout Park, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. List of carvers includes Robert Davidson, Leonard Wells, Ben Davidson, Leslie Wells, Reg Davidson, and [illegible] Livingston.  Permissive Use. 

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