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Fine Art Prints · Freda Diesing 1981 & 1984


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  • Halibut
  • Salmon
  • Frog
  • Sculpin

This artwork is a Second Edition Limited Edition Original run of only 300 copies of each print. Each print is signed in such a way that they hold the same value as the original editions. A certificate of authenticity, a biography of Freda Diesing, and an explanation of the artwork accompany each piece.

Halibut

Halibut

by Freda Diesing

Date: 1984
Print Size: 14" x 16"
1984H

Halibut begin life swimming vertically, and as they mature, turn on their side and become bottom feeders. The underneath eye then migrates to the upper side giving the fish an odd-looking face with its mouth to one side and off-centre eyes. Other characteristics are an oval body shape and wide tail.

Second Edition Limited Edition Original

$495.00 CAD

Salmon

Salmon

by Freda Diesing

Date: 1984
Print Size: 14" x 16"
1984S

The original colours used by Haida artists were Black, Red and Blue-Green. The black came primarily from lignite and also from graphite or charcoal. The red came intitially from ochers and sometimes cinnabar, and after trading began also from chinese vermilion. Blue-green was probably derived from copper minerals. The blue-green lends itself nicely to the watery background for this Salmon, an important food source for the Northwest Coast People.

Second Edition Limited Edition Original

$495.00 CAD

Frog

Frog

by Freda Diesing

Date: 1981
Print Size: 15" x 18"
1981F

Frogs did not live on the Queen Charlotte Islands until they were recently introduced. Legend explains it this way - When the Frog Chief first met a black bear, he was terrified as the Bear tried to step on the hopping frog, just for fun. The Frog Chief and the other frogs decided to leave the island for fear the Bear would seek them out for more entertainment. The Haida believed that Raven ate frogs as well.

Second Edition Limited Edition Original

$565.00 CAD

Sculpin (Bullhead)

Sculpin (Bullhead)

by Freda Diesing

Date: 1980
Print Size: 15" x 18"
1980S

The Sculpin or Bullhead is not a common design. If you look closely you can see the dorsal spines along its back. Legend says that the fish received it's shape when Raven grabbed it from the river, but the slippery fish escaped. Raven made another attempt and this time squeezed so tight that all the bullhead's innards were squeezed into its head, causing its eyes to bulge. Again the sculpin managed to escape, but to this day all bullheads have retained the large head.

Second Edition Limited Edition Original

$565.00 CAD