Northwest Coast Artists

Alvin Child

Haida

Alvin Child was born in Alert Bay, B.C. in October 1962. He is a member of the Tsawataineuk Band from Kingcome Inlet. His mother was from Kingcome Inlet and his father was from Port Simpson. Alvin’s father’s last name was Dudowar.

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Andy Everson

Kwakwaka’wakw

Andy Everson was born in Comox, BC in 1972 and named Na̱gedzi after his grandfather, the late Chief Andy Frank of the K’ómoks First Nation. Andy has also had the honour of being seated with the ‘Na̱mg̱is T̓sit̓sa̱ł’walag̱a̱me’ name of Ḵ̓wa̱mxa̱laga̱lis I’nis.

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Art Thompson

Nuu-chah-nulth

Art Thompson was born in 1948 in the village of Whyac on the southern end of Nitinat Lake. He belonged to the Ditidaht Band of the Nuu-chah-nulth people.

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Calvin Hunt

Kwakwaka’wakw

Calvin Allan Hunt is the youngest son of Kwagu’l Hereditary Chief Thomas Hunt, and Emma, the daughter of a great Mowachaht Chief and Shaman, Dr. Billy, from Yuquot (Friendly Cove). He is also the grandson of renowned carver Mungo Martin and grandmother, Abayah.

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Danny Dennis

Tsimshian

Danny was born in 1951, and his crest was Frog. He was a self-taught artist. While his grandfather, Bert Dennis, was of Haida origin from Alaska, his grandmother, Elsie Dennis, was Gitksan, so Danny has spent a great deal of his life in Hazelton, BC.

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Dean Heron

Tlingit

Dean Heron, born in 1970, is Kaska/Tlingit and member of the Wolf Clan from Teslin, Yukon. His father was a teacher and superintendent of public schools which allowed Dean to see many parts of the country while growing up.

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Don Yeomans

Haida

Don Yeomans is one of the most highly respected artists on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. He was born 1958 in Prince Rupert, B.C. of a Masset Haida father and a Metis mother from Slave Lake, Alberta.

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Dylan Thomas

Coast Salish

Born in Victoria, in 1986, Qwul’thilum (Dylan Thomas) is a Coast Salish artist from the Lyackson First Nation. Dylan was exposed to the art at a young age because his family continues to participate in their culture and tradition.

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Eugene Alfred

Tlingit

Eugene Alfred was born in 1970, in Mayo, Yukon, Canada. He is of Northern Tutchone and Tlingit ancestry and belongs to the crow clan from the Selkirk First Nation of Pelly Crossing, Yukon.

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Eugene Hunt

Kwakwaka’wakw

Eugene Hunt was born in 1946 in Alert Bay, B.C. Born to Chief Thomas Hunt and Emma Hunt, he is a member of the Fort Rupert Band of the Kwagiulth nation. In the early 1960’s he spent about four years carving at Thunderbird Park, Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria where he learned from Mungo Martin, Henry and Tony Hunt.

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Francis Dick

Kwakwaka’wakw

Maxwa̱la̱’og̱wa (Francis Dick) ‘Potlatching Woman’ was born in 1959 into the Musqamakw Dzawadaenutw Band (the four tribes of Kingcome Inlet). Francis Dick is a contemporary aboriginal artist and a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation descendant of the supernatural Wolf, Kawadelekala, who became the first of the Kingcome people.

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Freda Diesing

Haida

Freda Diesing, aka Kant Wuss, Skill-kew-wat & Wee-hwe-doasl, was born in the Sadsugohilanes Clan of the Haida in British Columbia to Flossie and Frank Johnson. Her Haida name, Skill-kew-wat, translates roughly as Magical Little Woman.

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Heber Reece

Tsimshian

Heber takes the Killerwhale, the great hunter of the ocean, as his predominant family crest symbol. He is a self-taught carver who has been making Pacific Northwest Coast First Nation’s art since the late 1970s.

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Jaalen Edenshaw

Haida

A member of the Ts’aahl – Eagle Clan of the Haida Nation, Jaalen was born in 1980 in Masset, Haida Gwaii. He left Masset at 16 to finish highschool and then received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Victoria in 2003.

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Joe David

Nuu-chah-nulth

Joe David was born in 1946 at Opitsaht, a Clayoquot village on Meares Island, on the western shore of Vancouver Island. The family resettled to Seattle, Washington, in 1958—and they moved frequently during his teen years.

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John Livingston

Kwakwaka’wakw

John Livingston was born in 1951 in Vancouver, B.C. and moved to Victoria at an early age. Through a close friendship with the sons of Henry Hunt and the Hunt family, John began carving on a part-time basis in1966 at Thunderbird Park, Royal B.C. Museum.

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Joseph Wilson

Coast Salish

Joe Wilson was born in 1967 and raised at Koksilah near the small city of Duncan on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. His keen interest in native art began at the tender age of 12 whilst watching his stepfather, Johnny Sampson, design and carve beautiful native artworks.

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Kelly Cannell

Coast Salish

Kelly Cannell is emerging as a prominent Coast Salish artist from the Musqueam Nation in Vancouver, BC. Since birth, Kelly has been exposed to Coast Salish art and culture. At the age of 12, Kelly began her art career with her first collaborative silk screen print.

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Kelly Mills

Non-Native

In 2003 I became ill with a seizure disorder, so for the first few years I was housebound. I had a very talented friend come and teach me the basics of painting with watercolor.

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Ken Mowatt

Northwest

Ken Mowatt’s crest is Frog. He works in diverse art forms including limited edition prints, original paintings in oils, drums, jewelry, cedar poles, masks, rattles, and sculptures. He is a master carver who began his career at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Design in 1970, where he also later taught.

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Kevin Daniel Cranmer

Kwakwaka’wakw

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Kevin Daniel Cranmer was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia, but has lived all but four years of his life in Victoria. His father is from the ‘Namgis Nation and his mother is from the Mamlilikala Nation, two of the many Nations of the Kwakwaka’wakw people.

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Lou-Ann Neel

Kwakwaka’wakw

My Kwak’wala names are Ika’wega, Kiditle’logw, and Ga’astalaas, and I am from the Mamalillikulla, Ma’amtagila, ‘Namgis, Kwickwasutaineuk and Kwagiulth tribes of the Kwakwaka’wakw people (Kwak’wala-speaking people).

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Mark Preston

Tlingit

Mark Preston (Tenna-Tsa-Teh) is an aboriginal artist from Dawson City, Yukon. He is of Tlingit and Irish ancestry and presently resides in the Yukon.

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Maynard Johnny Jr

Coast Salish

Maynard Johnny is primarily a self-taught artist who has been studying and working since the age of seventeen. He has been inspired by many NWC artists and particularly admires Robert Davidson, the late great Art Thompson, and Mark Henderson.

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Norman Tait

Nisga'a

During his career as a carver, Tait carved 39 totem poles.  Many of these stand in British Columbia, including poles in Port Edward, Lax Kw’alaams, and Alert Bay. Five of his poles are in Vancouver, including poles at the University of British Columbia, Stanley Park, Capilano Mall, and the Native Education Centre.

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Patrick Amos

Nuu-chah-nulth

Patrick Amos was born in 1957 on Nootka Island on the west coast of Vancouver Island into the Mowachaht band which is one of fourteen bands that make up the Nuu-chah-nulth nation.

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Rande Cook

Kwakwaka’wakw

Chief Rande Cook (K’alapa) was born May 1977 in culture-rich Alert Bay, a small village on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Surrounded by the beauty of land and art, Rande found the passion of creativity at an early age.

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Ray Sim

Coast Salish

Ray Sim is a member of the Musqueam Salish Nation of Vancouver, BC. He also has close familial ties to the Gitksan through his grandfather, who is from the Gitanmaax Band.

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Richard Hunt

Kwakwaka’wakw

Richard Hunt was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia in 1951 but has lived most of his life in Victoria. He began carving with his father, the late Henry Hunt, at the age of thirteen. In 1973, Richard began work at the Royal British Columbia Museum as an apprentice carver

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Robert Davidson

Haida

Robert davidson is one of canada’s most respected and important contemporary visual artists. A northwest coast native of haida and tlingit descent, he is a master carver of totem poles and masks and works in a variety of other media as a printmaker, painter and jeweler.

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Roy Henry Vickers

Tsimshian

Canadian artist Roy Henry Vickers is best known around the world for his limited edition prints. He is also an accomplished carver, design advisor of prestigious public spaces, a sought-after keynote speaker, and publisher and author of several successful books.

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Sue Coleman

Non-Native

Collectors of Sue’s artwork are already aware of the value and collectability of her work. The fact that each limited edition print is kept lower than 500 copies; the quality of the paper, printing and reproduction

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Susan Point

Coast Salish

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.

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