As you enter Jim Robb's Yukon exhibition, one of the first things you encounter is a wall of pastel portraits of people and buildings on hide, some of Jim Robb's earliest artworks. Jim was first inspired to create this style of artwork, when he saw a snowshoe frame that was missing its woven interior and he thought it would be a good idea to fill it with tanned moosehide on which he could draw.  These ‘canvases’ were tanned and stretched by the Silverfox family from the late 1950s to the mid 1960s.  Jim collaborated with the Silverfox family for over 15 years, producing a whole series of portraits of buildings and Yukon characters on moosedhie stretched on willow and snowshoe frames.  The Silverfox family home is on display beside these works on hide.  Accompanying these works are also a series of articles and photos documenting this period in Jim's career.  Jim’s iconic style is already apparent in these early works, capturing his characters for his colourful 5% and iconic buildings like Straights Auction house in Dawson.

In the photos below, Jim has written his stories about these early, defining works of his 58 year career capturing Yukon.  Thank you to Doug and Bev Thomas for the text and photos.