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Biography of Barry Herem

Totem Pole by James Bender at Pike Place Market (#72: 15046 bytes)
Click to see this artwork's page!Barry Herem is a Seattle artist who has worked in the Northwest Coast Indian style for many years. He has written about the subject as a reviewer, and as an unofficial ethnographer and archaeologist who has done field work collecting and publishing data about the precontact Tlingit and Haida of Southeast Alaska.
Click to see this artwork's page! Barry's work is symbolic, animistic, and organic, and has been shown in nearly every major American city and many foreign ones.  Barry’s taut and harmonious work owes much to the essential forms of Northwest Coast native art, which he has renewed and extended in what he calls "equal parts invention and assimilation."
Click to see Barry's "Bright Wings" series. He has created artworks in wood, steel, bronze, steel, fabric, aluminum plate, glass, and serigraphic print form. He created two 30-foot aluminum plate whale sculptures for the Portland, Oregon International Airport, plus a large acrylic sculpture for the Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) airport. He has created more than 40 limited-edition serigraphs, plus 5” x 7” art cards based on them.
Click to see Barry's "Button Blanket" series. Barry spends every summer exploring the island seascapes of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska in his large sea-going canoe. He also frequently guides a 65-foot schooner, "Crusader," on voyages of adventure through the same magical region.
All images copyright 1999 Barry Herem. All rights reserved by the artist. Permission to use these images must be obtained in writing from the artist.
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Last modified: November 09, 2014