Posts Tagged ‘Northwest Coast Artist’

Artist of the moment……Calvin Hunt

Calvin Hunt is a Northwest Coast artist born in 1956. Hunt comes from a long family of artists including his grandfather, Mungo Martin, already profiled here. Calvin Hunt started carving when he was only twelve years old. Calvin Hunt carves very large totem poles and also canoes, stone carving, making jewelry, and even producing silk screens.

His father is Kwagu’l Heredity Chief Thomas Hunt.

Worked as an apprentice Tony Hunt for  nine years.

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The artist was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2004.

Hunt is associated with the Kwakwaka’wakw band of the First Nations.


Artist of the moment…..Roy Henry Vickers

Roy Henry Vickers is a Norhwest Coast artist who is a carver, builder of houses, painter, and printmaker born in the year 1946 in Greenville, British Columbia. For his collegiate education Vickers attended the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Art located in Hazelton. His father came from the Tshimsian clan and was a fisherman. His mother had a British background.

He grew up in the Tshimshian village of Kitkatla.

Price range information: Many prints priced between $1,000 and $3,000. No pricing available for carvings or houses!

The artist is included in collections of princes and government officials.

In this clip we view a house/gallery built by the artist and have a personal interview with him:

Another short interview with Roy Vickers below:

The more Northwest Coast artists that I profile it is astounding to see how skilled this artisans are. Carving, painting, building houses their learning curve never seems to falter!

The prints featured at the bottom of the gallery remind me of the sosuka- hanga artisans we have been learning about.


Artist of the moment……Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas is a young Coast Salish artist born in the year 1980 on Valdes Island, Canada. The artist is young but very skilled at printmaking and also making jewelry.

Price range information: Works range from $150 to $2,000. This includes jewelry and prints.

The artist has been influenced by many other Northwest Coast artists featured here such as Susan Point and Robert Davidson.

In this clip Dylan Thomas talks about the “Mandala” shape that is used in Northwest Coast art, the shape/design is below.


Dylan Thomas began to exhibit his work in 2011.

What an exciting up and coming Northwest Coast artist!


Artist of the moment…….Northwest Coast artist Carol Young

Carol Young is a Northwest Coast artist from the Haida (Eagle Clan) born in the year 1953. A member of the Haida nations living out of British Columbia, Canada. The artist is renown for her portraiture work and she not has made more than 200 works out of clay, she also has done celebrity works such as Elvis and Willie Nelson.

In 2000 she began sculpting. She never had any formal training, she just did it! She enjoys using her characters as means of expressing the Haida culture and tradition.

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For her artistic education attended the Freda Diesing School of Art. Whilst at the school she has been able to learn from masters of the her craft including the great carver Bob Dempsey.

Favorite item to carve are portrait masks.

A link to the website of Carol Young. Very cool and relaxing music here! Awesome site:


Artist of the moment….Jay Simeon

Jay Simeon is a Northwest Coast Haida artist born in the year 1976 in  Fort McLeod, Alberta, Canada. His father was from the Haida nation (northwest coast artist)  and his mother from the Blackfoot nation (plains Indian artist .)  Simeon is very diverse in his mediums as he paints, carves, is a printmaker and makes jewelry.

price range information: Works range from $9,000 to $20,000.

Simeon was able to learn some basic Haida design methods from a first cousin named Sharon Hitchcock, who shared his Haida background and love of the Haida style of art. Simeon has been practicing Haida art since 1990.

For his artistic education Simeon attended Vancouver Community College. This is where he learned the most about jewelry making.

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Artist of the moment…..Teri Rofkar

Teri Rofkar is a wonderful contemporary artist from Sitka, Alaska  renown for her work with fabrics. Teri Rofkar was born in the year 1956. The artist produces hand woven garments and baskets of traditional and historical significance. To  weave one of these ornamental masterpiece garments it sometimes takes up to 2,000 hours of time (and more importantly patience!)

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Teri Rofkar is one of few people to receive an endowment from the National Arts Foundation in order to improve her basket weaving in the Tinglet traditional style. The recipients of this award are known as living national treasures! What a great idea! I think many of the Northwest Coast artists deserve more exposure. Rofkar received this extraordinary grant in 2009.

Calls herself a “basket case” because she is weaving or gathering materials all of the time!

In this clip she talks about learning to weave from grandmother and her parents. She talks about her working environment in her art:

In this clip we view some works from Rofkar and Shelly Laws. Both are nationally collected artists that work in the traditional Tlingit ways of weaving and basketry.