A Tribute To Kwakwaka’wakw Chief Willie ‘Smoky-Top’ Seaweed

Mask Portrait paintings depict the dramatic painted blend of realism and traditional Kwakwaka’wakw art and carving. Each legendary Mask was originally carved by Kwakwaka’wakw Chief Willie “Smoky- Top” Seaweed and subsequently painted in acrylic on canvas as a Mask Portrait by Artist Daniel B. Cain. Danny is a self taught artist and he was taught to carve by Kwakwaka’wakw master carver Thomas Bruce of Alert Bay, BC. After nearly 20 years of carving Danny began the collection of Mask Portrait paintings. Each Mask Portrait appear to be suspended before a section of traditional Dance Screen in the background. The original Dance Screen was also created by Kwakwaka’wakw Chief Willie Seaweed, making the entire Mask Portrait painting truly wonderful tribute to the late Kwakwaka’wakw Chief Willie “Smoky- Top” Seaweed.

These remarkable Mask Portraits represent this one of a kind Tribute To Kwakwaka’wakw Chief Willie “Smoky- Top” Seaweed. The University of Washington provided Copyright and research which enabled Danny to paint portraits of the exquisitely carved masks by Willie Seaweed. Many of masks carved by Willie Seaweed can be seen in various Museums in North America, such as the University of BC Museum of Anthropology and the at the University of Washington Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
In 1999, Danny entered his very first Jury Fine Art Show. The Art Show was held in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. Danny’s portraiture of the Chief’s Dzunkwa / Chief’s Wild Woman Mask, won the Judges Choice Award, first place. One Judge told Danny he superbly captured the three dim

These remarkable Mask Portraits represent this one of a kind Tribute To Kwakwaka’wakw Chief Willie “Smoky- Top” Seaweed. The University of Washington provided Copyright and research hich enabled Danny to paint portraits of the exquisitely carved masks by Willie Seaweed. Many of masks carved by Willie Seaweed can be seen in various Museums in North America, such as the University of BC Museum of Anthropology and the at the University of Washington Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
In 1999, Danny entered his very first Jury Fine Art Show. The Art Show was held in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. Danny’s portraiture of the Chief’s Dzunkwa / Chief’s Wild Woman Mask, won the Judges Choice Award, first place. One Judge told Danny he superbly captured the three dimensional realism of the mask against the background. Danny realized that more people can see Willie Seaweed’s carved Masks by painting Mask Portraits and making Limited Edition Prints available to the publisher.