Artist of the moment…….Joe Wilson

 

 

Joe Wilson is a First Nations artist representing the Kwakwaka’ wakw people. Joe Wilson was born in Alert Bay, Canada in the year 1966.

The artist had loved to create since he was a young man and became inspired by taking a course from another First Nations artist named Douglas Cranmer. The course was a birthday present from his sister. Way to go sis!

Wilson was mentored by two other First Nations artist profiled here Wayne Alfred and Beau Dick.

Many of his masks are a combination of cedar and horse hair.

Price range information: sorry none available.

An added note, if you ever visit the Denver Art Museum be sure and check out the fifth floor where you can see many of the First Nations artists profiled here and also a few Inuit works.

Wilson has a knack for giving his masks a real sense of life. His printmaking skills show a wonderful sense of design and use of color. My favorite prints are the ones that include two First Nations symbols such as thunderbird and killer whale.

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