Reg Davidson

Reg Davidson is an internationally acclaimed Haida artist who creates sculptures, silk-screen prints, gold and silver jewelry, carved masks and painted drums. He was born in 1954 in Masset, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), British Columbia. He is a member of the Eagle moiety, Ts'ał'lanas lineage.

Reg began his artistic training under the guidance of his father, Claude Davidson, chief of the Village of Dadens, Haida Gwaii. Many members of his family are artists. Through his father, he is the grandson of the Haida artist and memoirist Florence Davidson. His older brother is renowned Haida artist Robert Davidson. Reg began carving argillite in 1972. In 1977 and 1978, he worked with his brother, Robert, on the Charles Edenshaw Memorial Longhouse, carving a housefront and houseposts in honor of their grandmother Florence Davidson's father Charles Edenshaw. In August 1980, Malaspina College on Vancouver Island commissioned Reg to create a 31-foot, three-figure Eagle crest totem pole for presentation to the Tamagawa University of Japan. This led to a second commission for a pole raised in Old Massett.

Reg is an accomplished dancer and singer with the Rainbow Creek Dancers, a Haida Dance group that Reg and Robert formed in 1980. Reg designed and created much of the dance regalia for the group including masks, drums, and kid leather dance capes. Reg recognizes the importance of song and dance to Haida culture. 

Reg’s style shows reverence for the masters and has changed only slightly over the years. "Simplicity is the hardest thing to achieve," he says.

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