Susan Point

Artist Photo - Susan Point

Artist Photo – Susan Point

Name:
Susan A. Point (1952 – ), O.C., DFA., RCA., D.Litt.
Gender:
Female
Style:
Salish
Region:
Pacific Northwest Coast, Canada


SUSAN A. POINT O.C., DFA., RCA., D.Litt. (1952–) is a descendant of the Musqueam people; she is the daughter of Edna Grant and Anthony Point.

Susan inherited the values of her culture and traditions of her people by her mother Edna– who learned by her mother, Mary Charlie-Grant

“I continue trying to push myself one step beyond my goals, or one step in a new direction so often. There is always another stride to make. My art is never really finished; there is just a point where I have to stop myself.

This applies to my whole life; therefore my artwork is evolving all of the time. New situations, new experiences have always played fundamental roles in my art, an example is my sometimes-playful use of colour after a tropical retreat and my embraced understanding of my ancestral visual language.

Thirty years ago I was re-introducing ancestral artefacts; I am now pushing my artistic boundaries in every contemporary sense. While, the most valued part of my artwork remains the same, my mark, and I leave this with every brushstroke, every- whittle of wood, every line that I leave, I insist is just the way I meant it. That is my signature.


From the time when I pulled silkscreens on my kitchen table, I have stayed the course because my family helps me. All of my children are artists, and my grandchildren are too.

I am obliged to lead them by example– Coast Salish art has forever been a way to honour and remember significant details of our social lives. My hope is that my children remember to tell not only our cultural accounts, but also their own stories as well.”

Susan’s distinct style has stimulated a movement in Coast Salish art. She draws inspiration from the stories of her ancestors and commences the use of non-traditional materials and techniques, therefore inspiring a whole new generation of artists.

Susan is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has been presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canada.

She has been recognized with: an Inspire Achievement Award, a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, a B.C. Creative Achievement Award, appointed lifetime member to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, was selected to the International Women’s Forum, was listed one of B.C’s 100 most influential women, and was one of Vancouver’s 2012 Remarkable Women. Susan has Honorary Doctorates from: the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, University of B.C. and Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Art Work

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    Anvil Island - State II

    Anvil Island – State II

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    2013
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    Crosswalk by Susan Point 2007 - Northwest Coast - Coast Salish

    Crosswalk

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    2007
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    'Discovery' by Susan Point - Northwest Coast Coast Salish Art

    Discovery

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    2005
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    In Both Worlds by Susan Point 2002 - Northwest Coast - Coast Salish

    In Both Worlds

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    2002
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    Into the Light by Susan Point 2008 - Northwest Coast - Coast Salish

    Into the Light

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    2008
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    'Iona Beach' by Susan Point

    Iona Beach

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    2012
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    Looking Glass by Susan Point 2002 - Northwest Coast - Coast Salish

    Looking Glass

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    2002
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    Pacific Spring by Susan Point 2008 - Northwest Coast - Coast Salish

    Pacific Spring

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    2008
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    Peripheral Visions - Salish Footprint by Susan Point 2006 - Northwest Coast - Coast Salish

    Peripheral Visions – Salish Footprint

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    2006
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    Robins State I - Black by Susan Point 2017 - Northwest Coast - Coast Salish

    Robins State I – Black

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    2017
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    Robins State II - Red by Susan Point 2017 - Northwest Coast - Coast Salish

    Robins State II – Red

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    2017
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    Salish Path by Susan Point 2010 - Northwest Coast - Coast Salish

    Salish Path

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    2010
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    Salmon Cedar Rope – State I by Susan Point 2004 - Northwest Coast - Coast Salish

    Salmon Cedar Rope – State I

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    2004
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    Spirituality by Susan Point 2009 - Northwest Coast - Coast Salish

    Spirituality

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    2009
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    The Essence of Life Continued by Susan Point 1996 - Northwest Coast - Coast Salish

    The Essence of Life Continued

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    1996
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    'Three Rivers' by Susan Point - Northwest Coast Coast Salish Art

    Three Rivers

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    2015
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    Timeless Circle by Susan Point 2013 - Northwest Coast - Coast Salish

    Timeless Circle

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    2013
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    Transformation by Susan Point 2005 - Northwest Coast - Coast Salish

    Transformation

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    2005
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    'Vanishing Point' by Susan Point - Northwest Coast Coast Salish Art

    Vanishing Point

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    2018
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    'Where the Ocean Meets the Sky' by Susan Point - Northwest Coast Coast Salish Art

    Where the Ocean Meets the Sky

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    2006
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    Woven Forest by Susan Point 2014 - Northwest Coast - Coast Salish

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    2014
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