Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ironic paintings by Shawn Hunt

The work of award winning aboriginal artist Shawn Hunt displays humour and irony. In paintings currently on display at the Audain Museum in Whistler, he plays with aboriginal mythology.

The painting on the left, "Supermarket Eagle," shows a bird with  a tin of salmon in its talons.

Below, "Raven steals my light," visually puns on an aboriginal myth shared by west coast nations. It also refers to a book by fellow artist Bill Reid and poet Robert Bringhurst.

Hunt's bird displays its stolen prize: a red plastic lighter dangles from its talons.

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