Welcome to Israel's Art Portfolio, where you will see some of the finest examples of Tlingit art today. All of the artworks shown in this Art Portfolio were commissioned.
These traditional and contemporary masterpieces represent a variety of different art forms for which Native carvers of the Northwest Coast are well known, such as totem poles, house screens, canoes, masks, bentwood boxes, bowls, relief panels, ceremonial objects, drums and engraved jewelry. They are all on display throughout the United States, England, Scotland and Germany in private, corporate and public collections including totem parks, museums, airports and Alaskan visitor centers.
The three traditional colors used by Northwest Coast Native Artists are black, red and a form of turquoise green. At times a few other colors were and are used at the Artist's discretion such as green, white and brown to reflect specific animal crests. Each artist opts to use different hues to reflect their own individuality.
The preferred wood among Native carvers of the Northwest Coast is Western Red Cedar, it is abundant in S. E. Alaska and is a soft wood, making it attractive to carve and holds preservative qualities. In addition to red cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Yew, Maple,and Alder are used for a variety of appropriate reasons.
Tools used by Northwest Coast Native carvers today are traditional in design, however today they are refined versions of the hook knives and adzes allowing the carving results to be that much more perfected depending on the individual carvers skills. Shotridge Studios offers traditional carving tools for sale on a limited basis.
Israel currently accepts commissions for a variety of art forms as his schedule allows. If you would like to discuss commissioning a piece of art, please contact us by email or you can call us on our toll free line, 1-888-637-1320.