Posts Tagged ‘alaska’

Artist of the moment……David Boxley



David Boxley is a Amerian First Nations carver representing the Tsimshian. David Boxley was born in Alaska in the year 1952. Boxley has produced prints but is more known for his wall panels, rattles, masks, and talking sticks.

Boxley was raised by his grandparents. The artist attended Seattle Pacific University where he earned a degree in science. After his college career Boxley became a teacher and basketball coach spending time in the state of Washington and his home state of Alaska.

Boxley became serious about art in 1979. At this time he began to study his First Nations artistic roots. In 1986 he decided to quit teaching and became a full time professional artist.

During the 1990 Goodwill Games Boxley was commissioned to create work that showed a peaceful relationship between Russia and United States.

Below a brief interview with David Boxley:

The artist is now based out of Metlakatla, Alaska.

Below a link to the website of the artist. ( A great website with many pictures!):

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Boxley is part of many prestigious collections of countries all around the world. In this clip we view a totem pole that can be found at the National Museum of the American Indian located in Washington D.C.:

Boxley has a sense of classic First Nations design blended with a modernist use of color. If you ever have the chance to see First Nation’s art, in particular the masks, the color of these masks are remarkable.


Artist of the moment……..Nicholas Galanin



Nicholas Galanin is an American multiple medium artist from Alaska. Nicholas Galanin was born in Sitka, Alaska in the year 1979. The artist works as a sculptor, with video and other digital mediums, and photographer. Galanin also is a musician.

Galanin studied at the collegiate level abroad earning a B.F.A. from London Guildenhall University. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from Massey University located in New Zealand.

Below a great interview with Nicholas Galanin:

Galanin represents the Tinglit and Aleut nations.

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One series done by Galanin featured sculptures of faces made from books, sometimes using as many as 2,000 pages. In this works the end sculpture might be a mask made from a book on Tinglit history. He even created a mask using a bible.

Galanin lists photographer Ed Curtis as a major influence. Curtis was known for his black and white images of Native Americans.

Below a link  to the website of the artist:

What I enjoy most about this artist is the way he mixes cultures such as French design with First Nations masks.



Artist of the moment……..Marvin Oliver


Marvin Oliver is a wonderful First Nations artist. Marvin Oliver was born in

Oliver has heritage of the Quinalt and the Isleta- Pueblo.

The artist works in many mediums including wood, printmaking, helmets, masks, and totems.

The artist has taught the collegiate level at the University of Washington at Seattle,  and the University of Alaska at Ketchikan.


In this clip Marvin Oliver talks about a prize winning cast glass work he created for the Indian Art Fair of 2013:

Below a link to the website of Marvin Oliver:

price range information: Works range from prints starting at $3,000 to original cast glass works which reach $20,000.

The artist has created many public sized works for locations in Japan, the United States, and Canada.

What a great artist who is highly talented but also shares his process and techniques with the artists of the future. Fantastic!


Artist of the moment…….Wayne Price



Wayne Price is a First Nations artist representing the Tlingit.

Wayne Price was born in   Price is a master of many mediums and creates totem poles, masks, hats, jewelry, and canoes.

In this clip Price explains some of his creative process:

In this clip the artist shares with us how to make a fantastic canoe:

Price is now based out of Haines, Alaska. He helps to direct young people to the exciting world of art.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of Wayne Price:

This  is a very skilled artist capable of expressing himself using any means necessary.


Artist of the moment………Nathan Jackson



Nathan Jackson is a First Nations artist representing the Sockeye clan of the Chilkoot Tlingit people. Nathan Jackson was born in 1938. Jackson renown for his totem poles but like many First Nations artists is capable of working in any size and any medium.

The artist served in the military.

When he was a young man Jackson began a career as a commercial fisherman. He became ill with pneumonia and spent time in hospital and was unable to fish. During this time he began carving small totem poles.

Jackson attended the Institute of the American Indian Arts located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The artist is also a wonderful teacher and educator who enjoys passing on his skills and sense of culture to the younger generation.

Jackson is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

He and his family live in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Price range information: Sorry none available.


Below an interview with Nathan Jackson that took place in 1976:

Jackson is a very accomplished artist in any medium he chooses.


Artist of the moment………….Walton Irrigoo


Walton Irrigoo was born in Gambell, Alaska, United States in the year 1962. Walton Irrigoo represents the Yupik people of Alaska.

The artist was born in his grandfather’s house. He credits his father for his artistic talents and learned from him as well as other relatives.

Irrigoo enjoys working with owls and figure.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $5,000.

I enjoy the patterns depicted by the artist. He carves wonderful feathers that give a great sense of life to his birds. In the Yupik culture, tattoos are a big part of the culture. Irrigoo adds ink to many of his works, thus giving his owls each a more individual look.

Moving feathers also give a sense of life to his sculptures showing shaman transformations which show both a human and bird combined into a very unique masterpiece of art.