Artist of the moment….Northwest Coast artist John Livingston

John Livingston is a Northwest Coast artist who wasn’t born into a tribe, but rather adopted by one. Livingston was born in 1951.

Based out of Vancouver, British Columbia.

In this work he talks about his work with human face and the sun. I love hearing about artists talk about their work:

The artist learned to carve by watching masters Tony and Henry Hunt. The father and son and taken over for Mungo Martin as the lead carvers at the Thunderbird Park carving program.

Livingston works in a very large format and has received many commissions. On some works he has done collaborations with other notable artists including Robert Davidson.

Has worked on nearly 30 very large traditional totem poles, hand carved since he began his career in the 1960s. These very large works are usually made to celebrate a particular time or celebration.

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In the tradition of art in their close knit community, only certain clans could work with certain imagery. Northwest Coast art was only to be made by its native peoples. Livingston though not a tribe member, was adopted by the Kwakaka’ wakw tribe and is allowed to practice their design and motif works.

 

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1 Comment »

  1. nannus Said:

    Some of these things look very familiar. I have seen an exhibition with North West Coast art decades ago in Hamburg, Germany. I think some of these things where in that exhibition, or very similar things. That was when my interest in the art from this area started.


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