The 'Guardians' painting is the currently the best example of Louie's trend-setting merger of cultural themes. The primary design consists of 2 Chinese Guardian Lions (aka Fu Dogs) created using a mix of Northwest Coast and Coast Salish design elements. A closer look reveals three eagles, each one representing a stage of personal development.
Louie decided to explore this theme after recognizing the overlapping (common) purpose of guardian lions and Coast Salish house posts, which both identify and protect important spaces.
The original 8' x 8' painting was created in 2013 for the Wing Luke Museum's "Cultural Confluences: People of Native and Asian Heritage" exhibition. In 2015, Louie was commissioned by the City of Seattle to paint a variation of this design on a bentwood box for Xi Jinping, the President of China.
The giclee print, which was created after each panel of the 8 panels composing the 'Guardians' painting was individually scanned, is of such high quality that the wood grain on the original panels, as well as the subtle black on black patterns in the eyes and under the wings of the upper eagle, are clearly visible.
- Giclee Fine Art Print
- Limited Edition of 20
- Artwork Dimensions - 22" x 22" (plus a 1" border on top and sides, and a 2.5" border on the bottom)
- Arches Aquarelle
Rag 310 gsm paper meets the highest archival standards
- Professionally packaged and shipped flat. UPS Ground only.
Here's a photo of the original painting in process at Louie's studio in Seattle.
Below is the painting on display at the Wing Luke Museum in 2013.