I may as well share some images of Helen’s work as I make scans from photographs. The locations of many Helen Andersen paintings remain unknown, so there are some lucky owners out there. I am developing a database of images that will be a bit of a treasure hunt. I hope that people will recognize pieces and get in touch, letting me know where the originals are now.
Title: Sophie. Bill Reid’s Mother as I Imagine Her To Have Looked
Bill Reid, of course, is the famous Haida carver, probably best known for his monumental bronze Spirit of Haida Gwaii which appears on our Canadian $20 bill. Both Helen and I knew Bill Reid personally and were great admirers of his work.
Going though photos, I was delighted to come across this one (after the Read More…) of Helen and my high school English teacher Harry Locke when they visited Bill Reid’s Vancouver studio. They were seeing Haida Gwaii as a work in progress.
Helen Andersen was influenced and inspired by aboriginal artwork and stories all of her life. Her father was a general practitioner in Saskatchewan and he often received payment for medical services in the form of indigenous peoples’ arts and crafts. Helen was exposed to her father’s large collection as a girl and her appreciation lasted a lifetime. She was proud of the fact that her father, W.E. Anderson, had donated his collection to the public museum. (Not sure which one, but presumably one in Saskatchewan).