x 21" W x 7 1/2" D
Gary Rice was born June 30,
1939 in a fishing village in Rivers Inlet on the central coast
of British Columbia. Mr. Rice is a member of the Coast Salish
Nation. He was raised as a commercial fisherman and logger.
After injuries forced him
to give up manual labor in the mid 1970s, he began to seriously
investigate the traditional arts of his native heritage and wood
carving has been his occupation ever since.
He finds satisfaction in carrying
on the traditions of his ancestors and is a patient and dedicated
carver. Gary is adept at various forms including screens, masks,
bowls, paddles, and totem poles.
Sun, to the people of the
Northwest Coast, is a symbol of life. It is not an extremely
common crest, except amongst the Kwakwakawakw.
Sun is depicted within the
art as a circle with protruding rays. It is commonly depicted
as masculine; however, sun is occasionally displayed as female.