Native artist Robin Edgar-Haworth stopped in Fort St. James recently.
The artist was visiting a friend in town, but had some of his first edition prints with him.
His work is done in ink and they take about 100 hours each. The fine cross-hatching in the back of the works is time-consuming, but “draws the viewer’s eye closer to the paper” causing the viewer to pause and reflect more on the piece, according to the artist.
Some of his initial influences came from artists like Bill Reid and Roy Vickers.
The self-taught artist has been developing his art for over 30 years and said while he never used to think art and politics should mix, he has decided now maybe “it is for the artists to vocalize” and to try and use art to help “bring it into the public consciousness that we need to make the right decisions with what we’re doing with our planet here,” he said. “We have to collectively come together and say ‘Okay, we’ve had enough.'”
“A lot of people are asking the right questions, but the powers that be are just dishing out rhetoric.”
The artist is part of a show in the Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George on the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline called Pipeline: A Line of Division.