Robert Davidson, whose Haida name is G̲uud San Glans or 'Eagle of the Dawn' is one of Canada’s most important and respected contemporary visual artists. Robert Davidson was born in Hydaburg, Alaska in 1946 and descends from a talented family of artists that include his father Claude Davidson and his grandfather Robert Davidson Sr. His great grandfather was the celebrated Haida artist Charles Edenshaw.
Robert Davidson is a master carver of masks, totem poles, and monumental sculptures, and is also a printmaker, painter, sculptor, and jeweler. For more than fifty years, he has produced an acclaimed body of work and been the recipient of prestigious awards and accolades. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1996 and in 2010 received both the Governor General’s Award for Visual Arts and The Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts. He was also elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2011.
As a founding member of the Rainbow Creek Dancers and the Haida Gwaii Singers Society, Robert Davidson is also a leading figure in the renaissance of Haida art and culture.
Many of his works are considered post-modern masterpieces, making them highly collectible and sought after internationally. Robert Davidson lives and works in White Rock, near Vancouver, BC and Masset, Haida Gwaii.