Johnnie, Roger

Roger Johnnie was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia in 1984. When Roger was a young boy he enjoyed watching his uncle, renowned artist Francis Horne, carve. Later, in his teens, he took even greater interest in the artforms of his ancestors. He began to carve under the watchful eye of[…]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Edzerza, Alano

Alano Edzerza is a young contemporary artist from Victoria, British Columbia who now lives in Vancouver and belongs to the Raven Clan of the Tahltan Nation. Alano found art at a very young age and has now established himself in a professional career with pieces being sold internationally. Under the[…]

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Epp, Mike

Coast Tsimshian artist Mike Epp was born in Matlakatla, British Columbia in 1962. Mike is a member of the Gitksan tribe and his matrilineal clan is that of the Raven. Mike is very aware of his native culture and identity and hopes that through his artwork he is able to[…]

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Everson, Andy

Andy Everson was born in Comox, British Columbia in 1972. He is named “Nagadzi” after his grandfather, Chief Andy Frank. Andy began drawing at an early age and has developed his Kwakiutl art in various mediums, from beautiful limited edition prints and giclees to designing and painting Chilkat blankets for[…]

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Fairleigh, Vincent

A Member of the Frog Clan (Ganada), Vincent Fairleigh is a talented Nisga’a artist who has been studying the traditional forms of his culture since 1994. Although mainly working in wood, Vincent has also produced pieces in silver. Vincent’s art has been inspired by the many stories told to him[…]

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Forbes, Michael

Michael Forbes is a Haida artist who was born in Chilliwack, British Columbia. He grew up in Northern BC where he was immersed in native arts and culture. He descends from the Stanley family of Masset on Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands). Master carver Charles Edenshaw is one of[…]

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Gonzales, David J

David was born in 1971 and raised on the Tsartlip Reserve in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. It is here that David was introduced to Native Art and was inspired to create. He is a member of the Squamish Nation and adopted into the Nisga’a Nation by[…]

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Gray, Phillip

Philip Gray was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1983. Philip began carving in 1999 with artist Gerry Sheena. Since then, Philip has worked with artists Mike Dangeli, David Boxley, Henry Green, Lyle Campbell and Ian Reid. He also had the opportunity to study Advanced Design under acclaimed Haida artist,[…]

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Gunn, Landon

Landon was born in Kimberley, British Columbia in 1981. He began carving in 2002. He started working on totem poles with Haida artist Clarence Mills, and at the same time was introduced to Jewellery carving. Landon has worked on masks with Tsimshian artist Phil Gray and Haida artist Jay Simeon,[…]

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Harper, Victoria

Victoria Harper was in born in Vancouver in 1979. Her artist career began in the 1990’s when she helped her father, Charles Harper, carve three large totem poles for his nation. They now stand at the Stoney Creek reserve. In 1999 she took a stone setting course and then began[…]

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Hart, Jim

Jim Hart is one of the Northwest Coast’s most accomplished artists. His monumental sculptures, poles, prints, and Jewellery can be found in collections throughout the world. Bridging classical and contemporary forms, Jim’s work is valued internationally for its beauty, integrity, and innovation. In August 1999, at the Memorial Chieftainship Potlatch[…]

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Henderson, Ross

Ross is a Kwakwaka’wakw artist who was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia. His ancestors are from the Henderson family from Campbell River, British Columbia and the Whonnock family from Fort Rupert, British Columbia. Ross and his brother Jonathon Henderson began carving at a young age, watching and learning from[…]

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Horne, Doug

Doug Horne, Jr. was born in Victoria in 1982 into a family of carvers. He has been heavily influenced by his father, Doug LaFortune, Perry Lafortune as well as his uncle, Frances Horne. All are established Salish artists. He has been carving professionally since 1998. Over the years, he has[…]

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Horne, Francis

Francis Horne, Jr. was born in Chilliwack, B.C. in 1975, and is from the Coast Salish Nation, which represents the lower mainland of British Columbia. Francis is a young, up and coming artist, who is following in his father’s footsteps, Francis Horne, Sr. In the late 1980’s, Francis began carving[…]

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Hunt, Bradley

Bradley Hunt is a Heiltsuk First Nations from Bella Bella on the Central Coast of BC. He attended the Vancouver School of Art for two years and then graduated with a B. Ed. double art major from the University of BC. Bradley spent 11 years teaching at the elementary school[…]

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Hunt, Dean

Dean Hunt is an up and coming young Heiltsuk artist. Many successful Northwest Coast artists accept responsibility for apprenticing emerging artists, serving as mentors. Such is the case with Dean’s father, J. Bradley Hunt. Dean has been studying under his father’s direction for a number of years. Dean has always[…]

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Hunt, Stan

Stan Hunt III was born in Alert Bay, a rich cultural centre for the Kwakwaka’wakw people. For many years, the people of Alert Bay resisted attempts to ban the potlatch and either went to jail or continued the practice in an underground manner rather than give up their potlatch regalia[…]

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Brillon, Jesse

Born in Prince Rupert, BC in 1972, Jesse began his interest in Haida Art as a boy, influenced strongly by his Haida-Cree heritage and many art books. While accompanying his grandfather on fishing excursions to the islands of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), the mystical richness of the land unfolded[…]

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