Andrew Williams was born in 1964 in Masset, located on Haida Gwaii.
His Crests include Raven, Shark, Kllerwhale, Grizzly and Raven-finned Killerwhale. He is a self-taught artist and has been carving since 1995. He describes his work as a “blend of traditional and contemporary art” and tries to convey his “passion for art, [his] Haida ancestry, and the Old Stories”.
In June of 1999, Andrew took a shaping course with Gary Minaker-Russ through the First peoples Cultural Foundation Grant. Andrew’s influences are Christian White and Terry Yeltazie for their inlay work and Gary Minaker-Russ for polishing technique and form.
In 2009, Andy graduated from Vancouver’s Northwest Coast Jewelry Arts program under established Haida/Kwakwaka’wakw artist, Dan Wallace.
Works by this Artist (Present + Past + Public)
Argillite, Sterling silver
2.5 x 1.5 x 0.5″
Sterling silver Omero chain available separately.
According to the oral traditions of the Northwest Coast, there was once a man named Nanasimget whose beautiful wife was kidnapped by a Killerwhale. He took her to the underwater village of the powerful Killerwhale People, and planned to wed her as soon as he could create a dorsal fin and attach it to her back. However, Nanasimget was determined to rescue his beloved. He undertook a series of perilous tasks, going so far as to ride on the back of a mighty Killerwhale to reach the village in the depths of the sea. There, Nanasimget successfully extracted his wife from the Chief Killerwhale’s longhouse, rescuing his love and returning with her to their own earthly village.
This is a common myth amongst the Haida people but there are many versions of this legend base on the Nation which is telling the story. In some versions, Nanasimget is instead called Gunarh.
The artist’s Past Works at our Gallery have now sold; however, a custom order may be possible if the artist is available and accepting commissions.