is a rare opportunity to collect work by one of our country's
finest artists, the renowned scholar of North America Native
cultures. Bill Holm's paintings are superb, accurate accounts of
Native peoples rendered with sensitivity, artistry, and a deep
admiration for Native culture. You can now purchase through
Stonington Gallery, the only two available limited edition, offset
lithographs reproduced from these exquisite paintings.
Born in Roundup, Montana in 1925, Bill Holm began his lifelong
involvement with Native American art and culture playing on the sandstone
bluffs in the Musselshell valley. After moving to Seattle as a teenager,
his interests broadened to include the cultures of the Northwest Coast.
Following Army service in the Second World War, he entered the University
of Washington, earning a Bachelor's Degree and Master of Fine Arts Degree
in painting. After teaching art in the Seattle Public Schools for fifteen
years, the publication of his first book Northwest Coast Indian Art: an
Analysis of Form (now in its thirteenth printing) led to appointments in
the Burke Museum as Curator of Northwest Coast Indian Art and in the Art
History Division of the School of Art at the University of Washington.
Bill retired in 1985 after 17 years as a curator and professor. For
thirty-two years he had focused on teaching, research and field work among
Northwest Coast people. Following his retirement he began a series of
paintings, mostly in acrylic, of the Native people of the Plains, Plateau,
and Northwest Coast, the areas of his professional expertise. He has
always been interested in the materials and technology of Northwest Native
cultures, making nearly every kind of object, form full size plank houses,
canoes, and totem poles to bead and porcupine quill decorated clothing of
the Plains and Plateau. He has published eight books and many articles on
Native Northwest arts and cultures, and has lectured widely in North
America and Europe. He has also served as a consultant on Northwest Coast
art for many of the world's major museums.
Bill Holm and his wife, Marty, live in Seattle, Washington. Their
daughter Carla lives in Brussels, Belgium, and their daughter Karen in
From and acrylic painting
by Bill Holm
Limited Edition, 950
Signed and Numbered
Image size 22 1/2" x 18"
Bill Holm has captured a powerful moment in the Hamatsa Winter Ceremonial
ritual, offering the viewer a rare glimpse of this sacred Kwakwaka'wakw
event. The Kwakwaka'wakw masked figures, representing the associates of
the Man-Eater-Spirit, dance in the ceremony of taming the Hamatsa. The
dancer, bath in warm glow of the firelight of the bighouse near the north
end of Vancouver Island, dances the great Willie Seaweed Crooked Beak
mask. These masks are considered among the most flamboyant in all of
Northwest Coast art.
950 Signed and Numbered
100% cotton, archival, paper
Image size 18" x 27"
A Nez Perce woman and man in their finest dress and horse gear ride in
the sun and dust to a celebration at the turn of the century.