About the Artist:
Clifton Henry is the son of well-known Six Nations carving artist Ben Henry, whose works appear in the Museum of Ontario Archaeology. Born into the Onondaga tribe, a member of the Deer Clan, Clifton, just like his father, is a traditionalist, which means that he is not a member of the band, observes the old teachings and does not accept government funding.
Primarily guided by his father, Clifton creates traditional Native soapstone carvings. No two pieces are ever alike and each piece is signed and dated by its carver. His carvings have been displayed throughout North America, Japan, Australia and Europe.
Dogbotz Boneyard has collected the artwork of Clifton Henry because of the fluid nature of the animal or human figures that form the centerpiece of his carvings. The way that the animals (in this particular instance, wolves) are turned to face one another other and yet remain united by the soapstone from which they are carved provides a composition of powerful dynamics. In addition, the main images, carved within the sacred space of respect, project the courage, strength, harmony and wisdom intrinsic to their true natures. And so, from our Dogbotz Boneyard Gallery of Art for your own personal collection, we present Clifton Henry’s Spirit of the Wolves.