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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 forĀ  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.

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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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