Posts Tagged ‘Northwest Coast Art’

Artist of the moment…….Northwest Coast artist Jason Hunt

Jason Hunt comes from a long line of artists and was born in Victoria, British Columbia in the year 1973. Jason Hunt represents the Kwakwaka’wakw tribe. Hunt is a graphic artist and carves masks and totem poles.

For his collegiate education the artist attended Camosun College located in Victoria, British Columbia where he studied business administration. During a college summer break he went to visit his artist father, Stan Hunt. It was during this time that he decided to give carving a try. He enjoyed and has been carving and learning as much from his father as he can.

Below an example of his father, Stan Hunt’s, style of art.


In this clip a brief interview with Jason Hunt:

Artist of the moment……Norman Tait


Norman Tait is a Northwest Coast artist born in Kincolith, British Columbia, Canada in the year 1941. Tait is well schooled in many mediums including carving masks, totem poles, printmaking, and even making jewelry.

Tait has even completed a commission for the British Royal Family at Bushy Park located in London, England.

Some other locations where Norman Tait has carved totem poles are the British Columbia Museum of Anthropology and also Stanley Park. For those of you not lucky enough to visit Vancouver, Stanley Park is the second largest park in North America behind Central Park in New York City.

The artist works with the Nisga’a culture and society. Tait is seen as the best artist working with Nisga’a culture.

Norman Tait also has a nephew, Ron Telek, who is a professional carver/artist.

Norman Tait also had a son who was an outstanding artist born in 1965 named Isaac Tait. Isaac Tait was born in Canada but eventually wound up in Sante Fe where he taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Below an example of Isaac Tait’s art. Isaac Tait passed away in 2000.


Norman Tait sometimes works with a fellow artist named Lucinda Turner making intricate masks and carvings. Below an example of a collaborative effort from the pair of artists.


Price range information:  Works range from $1,000 to $25,000.

Yet another fantastic family of artists!


Artist of the moment….Northwest Coast Artist John P. Wilson

John P. Wilson is a Haisla  nation artist born in the year 1973 in Kitimit, British Columbia. Wilson just started at the Northwest Coast School of Art but is quickly gaining a reputation for working in many mediums.

His crest is the killer whale.

Wilson is attending the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. Here he has worked with renowned artist Bob Dempsey.

The favorite medium of Wilson is wood. He isn’t limited to wood and has produced paintings , prints, and jewelry.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A link to the facebook page where you may see more work by the artist:

Think about northwest coast art tonight whilst you are eating candy and partying !


Artist of the moment…..Northwest Coast artist Ron Hamilton

Ron Hamilton is a northwest coast artist born in the year 1948 on the Ahaswinis Reserve. Ron Hamilton has mastered many mediums and is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker. The artist still resides on the reserve where he was born.

Member of the Nuu-chah-nulth clan.

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The artist was an apprentice under Northwest Coast Art master Henry Hunt.

Hamilton also works as a fisherman, so many works have a something to do with the sea.

His cousin is Northwest Coast artist Joe David. Joe David and Ron Hamilton were among the first artists to produce a large amount of serigraphs using designs taken from traditional Nuu-chah-nulth clan.



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.


Artist of the moment…..Haida artist Christian White

Christian White is a wonderful Northwest Coast artist from the Haida Tribe. Christian White was born in the year 1962 in Queen Charlotte City, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. As with many Haida artists, he is good a variety of mediums including sculpting, printmaking, carving, and jewelry  making.

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Translated his Haida name means Voice of Gold.

Started living off his art full time since the age of seventeen. Awesome!

At the old age of twenty one he sold a work to the Museum of Anthropology located in British Columbia. Very prestigious for someone so young.

His Great Great Grandfather was a master Haida artist named Charles Edenshaw. A master carver of totem poles, masks, and jewelry. Below an example of his grandfather’s work. Chief Charles Edenshaw lived from 1839 to around 1920.

Edenshaw work

In this clip we listen to the artist talk about the role art plays in his life:


Artist of the moment….Stan Bevan

Stan Bevan is a Northwest Coast artist born in Kitselas, British Columbia in the year 1961. For his artistic education Bevan attended the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Art. Another huge influence on Bevan’s goal to become an artist was his uncle, Northwest Coast artist Bob Dempsey. He apprenticed under his uncle for years and started to produce his own works in the late 1980s.

His work includes many nations including the Tahltan, Tlingit, Tsimshian nations.

In this clip from 2011 we see the artist receiving an award from the government of British Columbia:

The artist is an instructor at the Freda Diesing School of Art where he teachers wood carving.

Price range information: Smaller jewelry sized works start at around $1,000 to larger sized works reaching $10,000.

Artist of the moment…….Northwest Coast Artist Chazz Mack

Chazz Mack is one of the youngest Northwest Coast artists born in Vancouver, British Columbia in the year 1990. His name in his language means likes to learn things. Was inspired to draw by his father. The artist is very diverse in his output making jewelry, prints, and carvings.

Began taking lessons from a professional artist at the age of 13 years of age. The professional was an artist named Alvin Mack, no relation. Alvin Mack also graduated from the Northwest Coast Art graduating at the top of his class. Alvin mack produced wonderful jewelry in addition to very large totem poles he first carved as a teenager.

Is currently attending college at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art located in Terrace, British Columbia.

price range information: Many works priced between $2,000 and $10,000.

Part of the Heiltsuk Nation.


Artist of the moment…..Haida artist Bill Reid

Bill Reid is among the most famous Haida artists of all time. Bill Reid was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in the year 1920.  His father was American and his mother a member of the Haida tribe. He learned to make jewelry from his grandfather, who had himself studied under a renown jewelry artist.

A brief biography about Bill Reid:

Bill Reid also attended the Ryerson Institute of Technology, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada  where he also learned how to make jewelry. He began his art career making jewelry and then progressed to large works in traditional Haida materials including red and yellow cedar.

Bill Reid passed away in 1998 at the age of 78 years old from problems due to Parkinson’s disease.

Reid gifted a large donation to Simon Fraser College upon his death. In this clip we view some of the collection:

Has had his artwork featured on the $20 Canadian bill.

The artist has works in many prominent locations around the world including the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. and the Canadian National Museum in Ottawa, Canada.

Another brief interview with Bill Reid;

Bill Reid was also an activist of keeping people out of the rainforest.


Artist of the moment….Northwest Coast artist John Livingston

John Livingston is a Northwest Coast artist who wasn’t born into a tribe, but rather adopted by one. Livingston was born in 1951.

Based out of Vancouver, British Columbia.

In this work he talks about his work with human face and the sun. I love hearing about artists talk about their work:

The artist learned to carve by watching masters Tony and Henry Hunt. The father and son and taken over for Mungo Martin as the lead carvers at the Thunderbird Park carving program.

Livingston works in a very large format and has received many commissions. On some works he has done collaborations with other notable artists including Robert Davidson.

Has worked on nearly 30 very large traditional totem poles, hand carved since he began his career in the 1960s. These very large works are usually made to celebrate a particular time or celebration.

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In the tradition of art in their close knit community, only certain clans could work with certain imagery. Northwest Coast art was only to be made by its native peoples. Livingston though not a tribe member, was adopted by the Kwakaka’ wakw tribe and is allowed to practice their design and motif works.



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