Glen Rabena Haida Bird Prints February 24, 2014 16:13

In 1978, Northwest Coast artist Glen Rabena completed a series of illustrations for Susan Marsden's book The Birds of Ksan. He created so many drawings in the Northwest Coast Native style that he decided to transfer these drawings to print format. From 1978 to 1990, Glen produced more than two dozen bird-themed limited edition prints, based on flora and fauna from British Columbia. 

 

Haida Owl Print by Glen Rabena

 

Glen began carving in Northwest Coast style in 1970. He moved to Quesnel and studied at the Gitanmaax School at Ksan between 1975-76. In 1978, he completed illustrations for The Birds of Ksan by Susan Marsden and the Gitksan Advisory Group. These became the foundation for his birds series of serigraphs. In 1986-87, he worked with Robert Davidson and Reg Davidson at Pepsico’s World Headquarters in Purchase, New York. Glen was adopted by Hereditary Haida Chief Claude Davidson in Massett, in November of 1987. In 1990, he was artist in residence with Reg Davidson at Headlands Centre for the Arts in San Francisco where they carved a 30-foot canoe. Since 1978 he has made his home on Hornby Island, BC.

 

Haida Goldfinch by Glen Rabena