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Peter Boome 22.5" x 15.5" Print - "The Provider" - Washington State Historical Society

Peter Boome 22.5" x 15.5" Print - "The Provider"

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Limited Edition Serigraphs By Peter Boome

Peter Boome is a member of the Upper Skagit Tribe of Washington State. He works in a variety of mediums but has focused primarily on graphic work, the last several years as a result of his academic schedule. Peter specializes in Hand-pulled serigraphs, as a printer Peter has worked with both new and established artist, as far away as New Zealand and Canada. Peter earned his AA from Northwest Indian College, his BAS from the Evergreen State College and his JD from the University of Washington School of Law.

Peter's work has been aggressively sought after by collectors throughout the world. He has a number of pieces in various European countries as well as New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Africa. Peter is a regular attendee of many prestigious juried art markets and events throughout the country. His work has shown at institutions such as the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Some other places Peter has also shown include the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, Indian Art Market in Santa Fe, and the Washington State History Museum where his work is part of the permanent collection.

For more information about Peter and his art visit his website and blog at 

The Provider

This image of a Thunderbird capturing a grey whale is inspired by a combination of several different stories. Long ago during a time of great difficulty, the people were starving. Salmon were not running, hunters couldn't find game, and the berries were dried and dead. The people got together and conducted a large ceremony, they sang, prayed, and danced. At the conclusion of their ceremony the sky darkened with heavy clouds. A great thunder clapped and a bolt of lightning shot from the clouds. In this lightening was a bird, the largest anyone had ever seen, this bird looked like an eagle. The Thunderbird shot across the sky and dove into the ocean, he was underwater for a long time, when suddenly he emerged carrying a whale. He took the whale and brought it to the people The people used the whale to sustain themselves, both physically and spiritually.

The times I have seen this story depicted it has almost always been with a Thunderbird on top, wings stretched out with a whale under its talons. I wanted to take a different approach. Every time I have seen a bird of prey catch something large it was been awkward, a flurry of activity, much like an explosion. In this image I wanted to capture the idea of a Thunderbird at the moment of capture. I also wanted to show that the whale is at peace because it is giving itself freely. This piece is called provider because the Thunderbird is providing physical and spiritual sustenance for the people. 


All of Peter's Serigraphs are hand printed on acid free cotton rag. For all of Peter's serigraphs he prints 5 artists' proofs and one printer's which are not available to the public. Occasionally Peter will issue a remake. All stencils are destroyed upon completion of the series. Peter does not re-issue series. This print is 33/50.



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