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Artist of the moment…….Bruce Alfred


Bruce Alfred is an outstanding artist born in Alert Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada in the year 1950.

Alfred was able to study under prominent Five Nations artists Richard Hunt and Don Cranmer.

One of the favorite mediums of Alfred is his production of wooden boxes. These boxes are often carved from red cedar.

Alfred enjoys soccer and was an avid player in his community.

The artist was one of Five Nations artists featured in a 1980 exhibition that brought Northwest Coast Art back into the international art scene.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Here we view Bruce Alfred presenting one of his signature boxes to a regional historical government house:

The artist has produced commissioned works for a cultural museum in his area.

In this clip a brief interview with Bruce Alfred as he receives an award for his outstanding creativity!:


Alfred represents the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. The current population of the Kwakwaka’wakw is around 5,500.





Artist of the moment……Marcus Alfred

MarcusĀ Alfred is the son of renowned Five Nations artist Wayne Alfred. Marcus Alfred was born in Alert Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada in the year 1981.

Vancouver Island is a premiere art location in the Northwest. Due to its somewhat isolated location, it retains a close grip to its history through the sharing of cultural values and traditions.

Many of the artists featured here work with traditional items that have been made by people for centuries. Some of these items include rattles, headdresses, and totem poles. Its great to see a modern take on centuries old motifs.

Marcus Alfred has produced jewelry, headdresses, masks, and totem poles. Marcus Alfred enjoys creating works for use in ceremonial activities. Alfred represents the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation.

price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Be sure and check out my previous post on the artist’s father, Wayne Alfred. A wonderful carver!