Robert Davidson

For more than fifty years, Robert Davidson has worked as an artist and has produced an internationally acclaimed body of work. His work is found in a number of private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of History in Hull, Quebec, and the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles. His Haida name is Guud Sans Glans, which means “Eagle of the Dawn.” Davidson’s passion to revive and perpetuate a variety of forms of Haida cultural expression, including song, dance and ceremony, has fuelled his remarkable output throughout the years. He has been responsible, among other things, for carving and raising the first totem pole in his hometown of Massett in nearly 90 years when he was just 22 years old. Davidson has received many honours for his accomplishments, including: an Inspire Award (formerly, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award) in art and culture; an Order of British Columbia; an Order of Canada; the Governor General’s Award for Visual Arts; the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts; and numerous honourary degrees from universities in Canada and the US. He is a leading figure in the renaissance of Haida art and culture and is a founding member of the Rainbow Creek Dancers with his brother and fellow artist, Reg Davidson. He is also one of the founding members of the Haida Gwaii Singers Society, started by Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson.