Released May 2002
Although it is becoming increasingly common to see insects in Northwest
Coast art, this has not always been the case. Insects appear occasionally
in our narratives and are even more rare as crest symbols. In this
day and age, however, the allure of the “pretty” insects
such as butterflies and ladybugs has led many artists to capture
their beauty in our art style. When I began “Beetle,”
I wanted to portray an insect that I had never before seen rendered
in Northwest Coast art. The fascinating Ground Beetle became the
subject of this print.
The design for “Beetle” was initiated when I was approached
by the IOBC (International Organization for Biological Control)
about a logo for their conference in Victoria, B.C. The IOBC is
a collective that promotes the use and adoption of environmentally
safe methods of pest and disease control. It was with honour that
my design could be used by a group whose ideals are both responsible
and fall in step with traditional aboriginal teachings of environmentalism.
“Beetle” is a limited edition print using
the giclée method of printmaking. Print production took place
during May of 2002 at the artist’s own studio in Comox B.C.
A total of 56 prints bear the title “Beetle” and are
signed by Andy Everson: 50 in the primary edition bearing the numbers
1/50 through 50/50; 5 Artist’s Proofs; and 1 Printer’s
Proof. The design is printed using pigmented archival inks on acid-free
100% cotton rag Royal Riviera paper measuring 13x19 inches. Image
size is about 8.5x13.5 inches.