Barry Scow was born in 1964 in the village of Alert Bay, British Columbia, an area located of the northern tip of Vancouver Island known for its long-standing tradition of producing and nurturing powerful carvers. His grandfather was a Chief and as a result of this, Barry Scow grew up with a strong sense of his cultural heritage. Interestingly, his uncle was the first British Columbia Supreme Court Judge of Native origin.
Barry Scow, for several years apprenticed under Beau Dick one of the most prominent carvers on the Northwest Coast. Exhibiting great determination to become an accomplished carver, Scow has emerged as an important talent and is now carving powerful and finely crafted masks. In recent years he is the only artist focusing solely on transformation and other types of articulated masks.
Scow has exhibited the discipline and determination to become one of the Northwest Coast’s prominent Kwakwaka’wakw artists. Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to present the work of this outstanding artist.