Golden Messenger by Marvin Oliver
This print is a replica of an original limited edition silk-screen serigraph created in 2009. It depicts Butterfly with wings formed by Eagle and Raven surrounded by multiple butterflies. A golden embossed butterfly in traditional form-line design is nestled among his fellow butterflies. Butterfly is known as the companion of Raven, flittering about, helping Raven uncover things or get into more mischief. Butterfly is also about transformation and fearlessly leave the safety of its cocoon in a new form, trusting his wings to fly. Raven is sometimes known as the sky messenger of the animal kingdom. And Eagle is a symbol of peace and tranquility. All these winged creatures carry messages to and from the spirit world. The design is created in the Northwest Coast style.
The double matted prints have a black accent mat with a natural white mat overlay. Each matted print is 8″x 10″ with a print size of 5″x 7″.
About the Artist
Marvin Oliver (Quinault/Isleta-Pueblo) is one of the Northwest Coast’s foremost contemporary sculptors and printmakers, who has made strides in the art world for the development and recognition of Native American Contemporary Fine Art. Oliver’s career spans over 40 years, and he has worked in a variety of media including cedar, bronze, steel and glass. He has also become renowned for the grand size of his sculptures such as the 26 foot long suspended steel and glass piece “Mystical Journey” at the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Oliver’s monumental public works have been installed throughout the state of Washington and the United States, Canada, Japan and Italy. Oliver is also a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington, and serves as Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Native American Art.