Posts Tagged ‘Dempsey Bob’

Artist of the moment……..Keith Wolfe Smarch



Keith Wolfe Smarch is a Tlingit artist specializing in carvings and masks. Keith Wolfe Smarch is from the community of Teslin, Yukon, Canada. It is a very small city of less than 500 residents.

Keith Wolfe Smarch was born in the year 1961.

In this clip we view an interview where Keith Wolfe Smarch talks about carving canoes and walking sticks:

The artist received inspiration and knowledge from legendary Tlingit and Thaltan carver Dempsey Bob.

The works that Keith Wolfe Smarch  carves represent the knowledge he has learned about his Tlingit cultural background and history.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip a brief interview with Keith Wolfe Smarch:

Keith Wolfe Smarch has spent time living in Japan.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

What a great example of contemporary First Nations art.


Artist of the moment……Northwest Coast artist Ken McNeil

Ken McNeil is a Northwest Coast artist born in the year 1961. The Nations he represents include Tahltan, Tlingit, and the Nisga’a. McNeil is one of the leading sculptors of his generation and has been carving for nearly three decades.

A major inspiration was his uncle, Northwest Coast artist Dempsey Bob, for whom he apprenticed for many years. Dempsey Bob was able to give him assistance and let him help complete very large commissions including many totem poles. Below is a wonderful mask by Dempsey Bob.


Ken McNeil was one of the first professors at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art which is located in Terrace, British Columbia. He still teachers at the school.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $30,000.


Artist of the moment…..Dempsey Bob

Dempsey Bob is a world renown sculptor and carver of masks, bowls, and totem poles. Dempsey began to carve in 1969. An important mentor was artist Freda Diesing. For his education the artist Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in Hazelton, British Colombia.

In June of this year (2013)  Bob was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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The artist is included in many prominent collections including the Smithsonian Institution, the Vancouver International Airport, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The artist is increasing his fame on the international scene and below is his sculpture at the Vancouver International Airport.