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Artist of the moment………..Rande Cook


Rande Cook is a contemporary First Nations artist whose style blends classic native design innovative color and shapes. Rande Cook was born in Alert Bay which is located on Vancouver Island, Canada in the year 1977.

In this clip a brief interview with Rande Cook:

Cook works as a printmaker, painter, sculptor. Cook is also an outstanding jewelry designer.

Rande Cook represents the Kwakwaka’wakw people of the First Nations people.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist now lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Cook has been inspired by other First Nations artist including Beau Dick, Don Yeomans, Susan Point, and Richard Hunt. The artist served as an apprentice to First Nations artist John Livingston. Cook gives Livingston a great deal of credit for teaching him carving and giving him a basis in the design of First Nations art.

Cook is a great example of the more modernist style of First Nations art we find in younger artists. The traditional dominant colors of black and red are used by Cook his art, but with the addition of bright colors including fantastic blues and yellows the viewer eye moves around the picture space constantly seeing a new image and unique color combinations not found in more traditional First Nations art.






Artist of the moment…..Luke Marston

Luke Marston is a Coast Salish artist born in the year 1976. Both mother and father are professional carvers, Jane and David Marston.  Luke has a brother John Marston who is also an artist.

The artist apprenticed at Thunderbird Park for five years at the Royal British Columbia Museum. He was able to work with such renowned artists as Sean Karpes, Simon Charlie, and Gary Peterson.

Luke has completed several large totem poles and large sized commission works.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip a brief montage of works by the artist.

What an exciting up and coming young artist!


Artist of the moment…..Art Thompson

First of all what a great name for an artist! Art Thompson was born in the year 1948 in a small villlage named Whyac located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. His heritage includes two nations, the Coast Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth nations. Art Thompson was an all around artist making totem poles, masks, and jewelry.

His father and grandfather were renown artists producing totem poles and masks.

The artist developed tuberculosis and spent much time in hospital as a child.

Started to work at age 13 in the logging industry.

For his artistic education Art Thompson attended the Camosun College in Victoria. Whilst in college he studied commercial design and also came back to his roots. He started to use ideas and images from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation.

Art Thompson passed away in 2003.

price range information: Most serigraphs or prints priced between $500 and $1,000. No pricing available for masks, totem poles, or jewelry.