Representing Northwest Coast, Inuit and Maori artists
Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
101-1669 West 3rd Ave. Vancouver, BC, Canada  V6J 1K1

Coleen Waata Urlich ONZM (1935-2015)
Maori - Te Popoto o Ngā Puhi Ki Kaipara

The sudden sad loss of Colleen in 2015 stunned the Maori art world, especially so closely after the demise of Manos Nathan. Both great artists were master ceramists and leaders of the contemporary Maori ceramic movement. 

Collen was largely self-taught and developed her interest in pottery while completing an art major at Auckland Teachers College. She continued to experiment during the 1970s, encouraged by Alec Musha, one of the first Māori potters. She believed strongly in tradition, decorating with traditional Māori weaving patterns or by adding muka (flax fibre), feathers or shell to her works. For her, “working with clay means working with the body of Mother Earth, she who influences and sustains us physically and spiritually.”

Colleen has long served the community, national art committees and Nga Kaihanga Uku, the national collective of Māori clayworkers. In 2002, she completed her Master of Fine Arts degree with honours in sculpture at Elam, University of Auckland. Her dissertation on the ancient Lapita ceramic legacy to the Pacific contributed to a published paper.

Her work has been exhibited throughout New Zealand and in “Mana Wahine” (1995) in the United States, “Te Atinga” (1997) in Bath, United Kingdom, “Haka” (1997-98) in its British tour, “Sisters/Yakkananna/Kahui Mareikura” (2002) in Adelaide, Australia, and “Fusion: Tradition & Discovery” (1999), “Kiwa-Pacific Connections” (2003), and "Manawa-Pacific Heartbeat" (2006), in Vancouver, Canada. (excerpt from book, Manawa—Pacific Heartbeat, 2005)

Ponga Vessel

clay (raku fired), terra sigillata
/ 8 × 14 × 14 inches / 

Price: $1750.00

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Te Kāhui o Matariki 
Contemporary Māori Art of Matariki

hardcover book, 112 pages
/  9.75 × 10.5 inches / 

Price: $60.00

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by Eric Silver

5.25 x 9.5 x 8 inches

Price: $2950.00

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From the Heavens (Strawberry Maiden falls from the heavens with strawberry plant)

steatite, curly maple base
7 x 6 x 6 inches / 

Price: $2250.00

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Northwest Coast Art

by Susan Point RCA CC OBC

Masi Wines, a 7th generation family-owned Italian winery has commissioned Coast Salish artist Susan Point to create an art label for their biannual Masi Contemporary Art Project. Every two years Masi chooses an internationally famous artist coming from a country with links to Masi and its wines to create a work of art dedicated to its icon wine, Costasera Amarone.  Artists from Switzerland and Sweden were previous recipients of this honour.  There will be 112 cases of 6 bottles each that will be produced and available in British Columbia liquor stores in May. A catalogue and presentation box will be included with each bottle.
The label is based on a design titled Traditional Legacy specifically created for this project.  Seven colour proof prints were created each in a different colour and the Spirit Wrestler Gallery is pleased to represent one of these exclusive prints in black and wine red.

34 x 30 inches

Price: $6000.00

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Grizzly Bear Frontlet

by Greg Henderson

birch, abalone, granite base
5.5 x 4.5 x 3 inches

Price: $3500.00

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Grizzly Bear Frontlet

maple, abalone, granite base
7.5 x 6 x 3 inches (excluding base)

Price: $4500.00

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Inuit Art

by Jamesee Natsiapik

ivory, serpentine base
3 x 14 x 1.5 inches

Price: $1500.00

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Mother and Child Drumming

8 x 3 x 1.5 inches / 

Price: $1250.00

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Dancing Bear
by Markoosie Papigatok

6.75 x 8 x 3.5 inches

Price: $1500.00

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School of Char

6 x 4 x 2 inches / 

Price: $375.00

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*Prices, specifications and images are subject to change without notice. Not responsible for typographical or illustrative errors. 

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