Corey Moraes was born in Seattle, Washington on April 14, 1970. He is a member of the Tsimshian Nation, Lax Kw’aLaams Band from Port Simpson, British Columbia, Canada. Currently, he resides in Vancouver.
Corey works in several media including wood, silver, gold and original paintings. He has apprenticed under Kwagiulth artist, Dwayne Simeon, who taught him the skills of goldsmithing.
In 1997 Corey designed and painted a thirty-one foot replica of a traditional canoe. The canoe was part of “Vision Quest”, a one thousand mile journey to raise awareness and funding for a recovery centre for addictions. It was organized by Tsimshian artist, Roy Henry Vickers and the R.C.M.P. It was a great honor for him to be a part of “Vision Quest” and to paddle the journey in the canoe he painted.
Presently, Corey is expressing himself in silver and gold jewelry, with an emphasis on design and depth. Art has always been prevalent in Corey’s life from a very young age. Being a mainly self-taught artist, Corey began drawing from his appreciation of Northwest Coast Native art.
Corey’s inspiration to make Northwest Coast Native art comes from such artists as Charles Edenshaw, Bill Reid and Robert Davidson. For the future he intends to learn totem pole and canoe carving in his effort to bring the art to his community and his people.
Works by this Artist (Present + Past + Public)
Serigraph, Edition of 55
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Corey Moraes’ first full edition of serigraphs – a form line skull design available in silver or gold: “Odyssey” explores the notion of life journeys. Though each path is different for all, our experiences share similarities when viewed through a human lens – deep down we are all the same. Cultures and belief systems are merely window dressing – the outermost of many layers that cover our bones.
Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey” tells of the long, arduous path for Odysseus, and for us, yet we all long for, and desire a greater calling – a higher purpose. “As we navigate our journey”, Moraes says, “our chosen destination, our life experiences (both good and bad), determine our identity”.
“How do we interpret our reflection? What do we see?”, asks Corey. “Is it reality, or merely what we want to see?” The layers covering that which is the same in all of us; our bones; our foundation.
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.