Reg Davidson is an internationally acclaimed Haida artist who creates sculptures, silk-screen prints, gold and silver jewelry, weaving, carved masks and painted drums. He was born in 1954 in Masset, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), British Columbia. Reg began his artistic training under the guidance of his father, Claude Davidson, chief of the Village of Dadens, Haida Gwaii. Many members of his lineage are artists, including Reg’s well-known brother, Robert Davidson.

 

Reg is an accomplished dancer and singer with the Rainbow Creek Dancers, a Haida Dance group that Reg and Robert formed in 1980. Reg designed and created much of the dance regalia for the group including masks, drums, and kid leather dance capes. Reg recognizes the importance of song and dance to Haida culture. In 1977, he worked with Robert on the Charles Edenshaw Memorial Longhouse. In August 1980, Malaspina College on Vancouver Island commissioned Reg to create a 31-foot, 3 figure Eagle crest totem pole for presentation to the Tamagawa University of Japan. This led to a second commission for a pole raised in Old Massett.

 

Reg’s style shows reverence for the masters and has changed only slightly over the years. "Simplicity is the hardest thing to achieve," he says.