Rivard, Justin

Justin Rivard was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia in 1964 and exposed to the Coast Salish culture from an early age. With his father, who at the time was Executive Director of the Native Brotherhood of BC, Justin travelled throughout the native communities on the West Coast of BC. He[…]

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Point, Susan

Susan Point was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia in 1952 and now resides on the Musqueam First Nations Reservation in Vancouver, BC. Susan began her art career in her late 20’s, carving rings, pendants, bracelets and other Jewellery. Her works are distinct in their expression of traditional Coast Salish[…]

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Sampson, Wilfred

Wilfred Sampson was born in 1957, in Hazelton, British Columbia. Wilfred is from the Gitksan Nation, which inhabits the northern coast of British Columbia. Wilfred has been designing and carving northwest coast art since 1981. He was initially self taught, looking through books and observing other artist’s works. Motivated by[…]

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Mills, Clarence

Haida artist Clarence Mills was born at Skidegate, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia in 1958. He is a member of the Eagle Clan and takes the Spirit Raven and Grizzly Bear as his crests. His grandfather Jimmy Wilson was hereditary Chief Skedans. His great-grandfather, carver Henry Young, gave him his[…]

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Pauls, Grant

Grant Pauls is an artist who began his journey by helping other artists come up with unique concepts for their own art. With a growing passion in traditional and unique west coast native art he began focusing his concepts into his own art design. As an artist, Grant Pauls is[…]

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Moose, Howard

Howard Moose was born in South Indian Lake, Manitoba and began carving wood as a child using a pocket knife. In the early 80’s he began working with soapstone. Over the years Howard has continued to master his skills and produces beautiful aboriginal artwork, specializing in northern wildlife and First[…]

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Moraes, Corey

Corey was born in Seattle, Washington in 1970. He is a self-taught artist who has worked extensively with Kwakwaka’wakw artist, Dwayne Simeon to hone his craft. Corey has worked both in the USA and Canada. He painted canoes for Vision Quest Journeys in 1997, and was featured in the highly[…]

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Neel, David

David Neel was born in 1960 and is from the Kwakwaka’wakw culture group of the central coast of British Columbia and northern Vancouver Island. David was born into an innovative family of artists. David’s great uncle is acclaimed artist Mungo Martin, his great grandfather is Charlie James and his grandmother[…]

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Nokomis

My name is Nokomis. I’m an Ojibwa artist and storyteller who grew up in the bush almost seventy years ago. The literal translation of my name means "the great mother" for Nokomis was the spirit who created the Ojibwa in the world. In another context the word can mean grandmother.[…]

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Oldfield, David

David Oldfield was born on June 22, 1969 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. He is a member of the Gitwilgyots Tribe of the Tsimshian Nation. David is a basket maker and cedar bark weaver who began working in these mediums in the late 1980’s. He learned this craft from his[…]

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Pat, Jeff

Jeff Pat was born in 1969 on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, in Alert Bay, British Columbia. Jeff is a member of the Coast Salish Nation, his family crest being Sun. Jeff was inspired and taught silver engraving by his well respected father, Gilbert Pat. Jeff’s style, attention to[…]

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Pat, Gilbert

Gilbert Pat was born in Sardis, British Columbia, Canada in 1945 to parents George and Martha of the Sto’lo Nation. In 1953 he was sent to a Roman Catholic school in Mission, BC. He remained there until deciding to move to Vancouver in 1964. Once there he attended trade school[…]

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Patterson, Tom

Tom Patterson was born June 13th, 1962 in Victoria, British Columbia. He is a member of the Nuu-cha-nuth tribe of Kyuquot on the west coast of Vancouver Island. He began carving in 1977 at the Arts Of The Raven workshop and gallery under the guidance of Tony Hunt Sr. Although he[…]

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Paul, Chris

Chris Paul is a young Coast Salish artist who is gaining international acclaim for his limited edition giclee prints, cedar panels, and glass sculpture. Born near Victoria, British Columbia in 1969 as a member of Tsarlip nation, Chris was immersed in Coast Salish art as a child. Before the age[…]

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Michels, James

Born in 1969, James was raised in Merritt, British Columbia and is an active member of the Penticton Metis Association. Extensive travel throughout Northwest Canada, observing the many traditions of different artists, fuelled James’ artistic interests and provided inspiration that is evident is his artwork today. James apprenticed with Coast[…]

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McGuire, Pat

Pat McGuire was a descendant of the great Charles Gladstone. Pat was born in 1943 in Skidegate in the Queen Charlotte Islands. He began drawing and painting at a young age and learned a great deal about Haida art and culture through his uncle Joe Tulip. He was attracted to[…]

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McGuire, Jim

Jim McGuire was born in Skidegate, British Columbia in 1953. Best known for his very high quality silver and gold Jewellery, Jim has also created a number of limited edition prints. Jim’s work is contemporary but also follows traditional Haida formlines. His consistency in style and design have made him[…]

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Matilpi, Carrie

Carrie Matilpi was born in Vancouver in 1973 and holds Kolus, or Baby Thunderbird, as her crest. Carrie works in the traditional Kwakwaka’wakw style and is best known for her beautiful gold and silver Jewellery. She learned to engrave from her father, Charles Harper. She has been carving since 1996[…]

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Malesku, Valerie

Valerie Malesku was born in 1953 and is of Cree decent. Valerie began her career as an artist in 1981. Having lived on the Queen Charlotte Islands since the early 1970’s, Val had the opportunity to apprentice under Bill Reid. Bill quickly took on the role of teacher and mentor,[…]

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Lewis, Jacob

Jacob Lewis was born into the Squamish tribe of the Coast Salish Nation in 1955. The name Jacob or “Sequaltuhn” means Man who Sees the Future. Jacob was given his name by his maternal grandmother, Bertha Billy. He has been carving since the tender age of seven and became prolific[…]

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LaRock, Claude

Claude “Rocky” LaRock was born 1958 in Seattle Washington. At 12 years of age Rocky moved to his Mother’s homeland, a First Nations Community called Chehalis, located in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada. At 19 yrs of age Rocky found his calling as a carver when he was[…]

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Kolausok, Rodney

Rodney Kolausok was born in Inuvik, North West Territories in 1970. He has lived in the Vancouver area since 1995. Rodney started carving at the age of 5. He began working with soapstone when he was eighteen years old, perfecting his skills under the watchful eyes of established carvers Joe[…]

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Klar, Irene

Irene Klar is a Canadian artist born in 1950 in Montreal. Upon completion of science degrees at McGill University, she moved to Alberta and received a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Alberta. Irene has lectured and instructed at various universities and colleges and continues to reside in[…]

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Johnny Jr, Maynard

Maynard was born in 1973 in Campbell River, British Columbia. He is a descendant of both the Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish nations and has thus inherited a unique blend of culture and tradition. Artistically, although he began drawing at the age of six, it was in his mid-teens that Maynard[…]

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