Rupert Scow was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia in 1957. He comes from a long line of carvers and grew up with a strong sense of cultural and traditional art. His great grandfather was Chief John Scow and his great grandfather on his mother’s side was acclaimed artist Mungo Martin. He is one of seven brothers, four of whom are successful artists that often collaborate on larger projects.
Rupert began carving wood in 1992 and, in addition to working with family, has apprenticed with renowned carver Beau Dick. He credits Kwakwaka’wakw artists Wayne Alfred, Vince Shaughnessy and Shawn Karpes for his inspirations.
In 2008 Rupert expanded his artistic expression and graduated from the Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts Program at the Native Education College in Vancouver, which was led by Kwakwaka’wakw/Haida artist Dan Wallace.