Posts Tagged ‘Northwest Coast Art’

Artist of the moment…..Don Yeomans Northwest Coast Artist

Don Yeomans is a Canadian/ Northwest Cast born in the Rupert Island,British Columbia, Canada in the year 1958. Yeomans is diversified in his output, carving, making jewelry, and printimaking. For his artistic education Yeomans was able to learn a great deal from his artist aunt Freda Diesing. Yeomans also attended the Vancouver Community Arts Program and Langara College. Works in many mediums including wood, metal, and some designs sewn onto fabric by his wife.

price range information: The artist is very prolific so at the low end you can find jewelry or silkscreen prints for less than one thousand dollars up to paintings and larger carvings in the $20,000 range.

Yeomans is in the collection of the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology and the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Worked with renown carver Robert Davidson in helping carve 4 totem poles for a memorial.

In this clip a brief interview with the artist. Yeomans starts off by telling us he has been carving for more than 40 years. The totem pole was made for the McMichael Art Collection of Canada in Kleinberg, Canada just north of Toronto.

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Artist of the moment…..Stan Greene

Stan Greene is a wonderful artist that loves to explore his Salish background. Stan Greene was born in the year 1953 in Mission, British Columbia. His family came from a mixture of the Halkomelum and his father was Semiamho. His grandfather was a  member of the Nez Perz tribe.

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Greene attended Kasan School of Art.

Made his first prints using Salish design in 1978.

First started to carve at the age of 13 years of age.

Made the switch to being a full time artist when he was 24 years old.

Enjoys participating in traditional Pow Wow dancing riding in canoes.

The artist has done much research on the Salish people and also enjoys making art that represents the north west coast tribes and art, but doesn’t combine the two genres. Greene has now gone onto to do more research about his grandfather and the Nez Perz tribes.  He has done research by reading books and being an avid visitor to University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology.

In 1987 carved a totem pole measuring 27 feet high for the city of Yokohama City, Japan.

Artist of the moment….Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt is from a world renown family of artisans. Richard Hunt was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. His grandfather was named Chief NakePenkim ,also known as Mungo Martin. Martin helped to restore and carve totem poles unique to the region. He was also the founder of the sculpting program at Thunderbird Park. Also on his father’s side he is descended from George Hunt,  a renown ethnologist. Below an example of his wonderful mask work.

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His tribal name is loosely translated to mean man who travels the globe.

price range information: Serigraph prints start at $400 to original carvings as mucs as $9,000.

The tribe associated with the artist is the Kwak waka’ wakw tribe and culture. His grandfather was an integral part in keeping their culture alive.

Elected to the Royal Order of Canada. Also elected to Canada’s Royal Academy of the Arts.

Below we hear the artist talk about watching his father carve as  a child:

Winner of the Golden Jubilee Medal from Her Majesty the Queen.

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