Dempsey Bob's distinctive masks, boxes, and sculptures are striking for their hallmarks. Smooth and seductive surfaces, voluptuousness of form, and expressive shifts in proportion are unique to his oeuvre. Ian Thom, senior curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, remarks on Bob’s inventiveness and prowess as an artist: “The plasticity of the carving is striking: it is deep, with fluid lines, almost as if Bob had carved butter rather than wood. It would be a mistake, however, to dwell on the technical skill of the piece, because the power of this and all Bob’s work comes from the strength of his imagery.”
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Dempsey Bob

Dempsey Bob

Dempsey Bob is a master carver from Telegraph Creek, British Columbia. He began carving in 1969 and was directed to the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in 1972 by Freda Diesing, who was his earliest mentor and teacher. His bronze and wooden sculptures blend traditional narratives and iconography with contemporary influences. Bob’s exposure to oral histories, songs, and dances from a young age has contributed to his understanding of art and its purpose within a community. Equal parts traditionalist and vanguard, Bob’s animated sculptures acknowledge the lineage to which they are indebted, but refuse to be nostalgic, instead welcoming newly realized characters and iconography from the age-old stories of his people.

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Renée Van Halm:
Holding Pattern

January 18, 2020 - February 15, 2020
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Gathie Falk:
New Paintings and Sculpture

September 7, 2019 - October 12, 2019
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BC Binning, Devon Knowles and Renée Van Halm:
Leave the Window Open

September 9, 2019 - October 12, 2019
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Some Drawings:
A Group Exhibition

March 9, 2019 - March 30, 2019
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Takao Tanabe:
A Major Exhibition

January 17, 2019 - March 2, 2019
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Ben Reeves:
Something Edge

November 24, 2018 - December 22, 2018
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Angela Teng:
A Coloured Image of the Sun

November 24, 2018 - December 22, 2018
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Gordon Smith:
Through the Trees

September 8, 2018 - October 13, 2018
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Jack Shadbolt:
The Ghost Universe

January 20, 2018 - February 22, 2018
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Al McWilliams:
Floor Thoughts

December 2, 2017 - January 13, 2018
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Gathie Falk:
The Things in My Head

November 7, 2015 - December 12, 2015
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