Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson was born in 1967 and raised at Koksilah near Duncan on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Joe’s keen interest in Native Art began at the tender age of 12 whilst watching his stepfather, Johnny Sampson, designing and carving beautiful works. However, fierce competition with his younger brother, Rick, spurred his need to take on his artistry seriously- “that’s when I frustratingly started really applying myself. Even back then I had it in my heart to be one of the best out there in our field [Coast Salish Territory] and I did it.”

At the young age of 17, Joe began producing and marketing his various carvings within the local region. He has apprenticed under master carvers such as the late Simon Charlie and Coast Salish artist Charles Elliott. Furthermore, he has studied under Nuu-Chah-nulth master carver Tim Paul at the Royal British Columbia Museum. Joe has studied Coast Salish Art extensively and has emerged as one of the most prolific Coast Salish artists today. His influences include acclaimed artists Simon Charlie and Tim Paul.

A soft-spoken man, his work speaks of confidence and strength and he has developed a unique and original style. His colours are bold and unconventional, yet extremely appealing and rich.

He has always felt that the Coast Salish art form continues in its tradition to be inspiring within form and its unique flair. Joe’s artwork is not only traditionally authentic, it’s also an artistic communication link between cultures.

Joe Wilson will continue to push the boundaries of Coast Salish Art while creating works that distinguish and preserve his culture for current and future generations. His talent will continue to bring him the recognition that is reserved for outstanding artists.

  • Ying-Yang Orcas

    Joe Wilson

    $150.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 200

    Unframed

  • Elements of the Earth, Water

    Joe Wilson

    $45.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 280

    2007

     

    Unframed

  • Journey of Hope

    Joe Wilson

    $200.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 200

    2011

    Also available in Blue and Black

    Joe Wilson has created this limited-edition print series illustrating the traditional Coast Salish whorl in which both the male and female Killerwhale are represented in balance and harmony with one another.

    The ‘Journey of Hope’ was designed specifically for the survivors of the tsunami in Japan in 2011 to pay tribute to their survival instincts as well as their future hopes and dreams.

    The Killerwhale is an important crest symbol, associated with power, strength, dignity and communication.

    The Killerwhale is thought to be the reincarnation of great chiefs so they are the majestic protectors of mankind. Many believed that those lost at sea were carried away by the Orca to their villages deep within the ocean and they would be guided to a new life and a new beginning.

    Killerwhale Clans live in Killerwhale Villages deep within the ocean; when at home they remove their skins and live as large humans. Mating once for life and thought to be the reincarnation of great chiefs, these majestic animals are the protectors of mankind. While known to capsize canoes and carry the inhabitants to their Killerwhale Village, they are also reputed to act as guides to humans caught within storms.

  • Journey of Hope

    Joe Wilson

    $200.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 200

    2011

    Also available in Red & Black

    Joe Wilson has created this limited-edition print series illustrating the traditional Coast Salish whorl in which both the male and female Killerwhale are represented in balance and harmony with one another.

    The ‘Journey of Hope’ was designed specifically for the survivors of the tsunami in Japan in 2011 to pay tribute to their survival instincts as well as their future hopes and dreams.

    The Killerwhale is an important crest symbol, associated with power, strength, dignity and communication.

    The Killerwhale is thought to be the reincarnation of great chiefs so they are the majestic protectors of mankind. Many believed that those lost at sea were carried away by the Orca to their villages deep within the ocean and they would be guided to a new life and a new beginning.

    Killerwhale Clans live in Killerwhale Villages deep within the ocean; when at home they remove their skins and live as large humans. Mating once for life and thought to be the reincarnation of great chiefs, these majestic animals are the protectors of mankind. While known to capsize canoes and carry the inhabitants to their Killerwhale Village, they are also reputed to act as guides to humans caught within storms.

  • Khowutzun Legend (Artist Proof)

    Joe Wilson

    $225.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Artist’s Proof Edition of 25

    1995

    Unframed

  • Life & Light – Green & Yellow

    Joe Wilson

    RESERVED

    Serigraph, Edition of 200

    2009

     

    Unframed

  • Elements of the Earth, Water (Artist Proof)

    Joe Wilson

    $60.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Artist Proof Edition of 18

    2007

    Unframed

     


    “This series was designed as a portrayal of the universal elements in symbolic form, translated into Coast Salish design particular to the Coast Salish territory. Each piece was created specifically to represent the most common example of the element in Coast Salish lands.

    Fire is depicted as the Sun, which shines on the land. Wate is depicted as the west coast icon, the Killerwhale. Air is depicted as the legendary creature, Thunderbird. Land is depicted in the pairing of the Eagle and the Salmon.

    For the water element the most common and well-known creature of the sea in this territory is the witty Killerwhale, shown here with a smile and a blowhole, which sings the songs of the Killerwhale. The Killerwhale is much esteemed for its song and just the sight of it brings excitement and enthusiasm.” -Joe Wilson

  • Life & Light – Grey & Yellow

    Joe Wilson

    $150.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 200

    2009

     

    Unframed

  • Salish Welcoming – Green

    Joe Wilson

    $120.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 200

    2006

     

    Unframed

    “This welcoming figure represents a human with two Thunderbirds on each side. The concept of the design originates from two different spindle whorls, one from where I come from, (Cowichan), and one from the Vancouver area which had two Thunderbirds. The spindle whorls were used in post-contact era to spin mountain goat wool which our people wove into beautiful blankets to clothe ourselves.“Symbolically, the Thunderbird was considered a protector of the people and one of the most powerful spirit beings of the supernatural realm. Our people searched for these different powers through physical and mental deprivation from food, water and human contact, spending many days in the mountains.“Usually at the age of “maturity,” searching for a spirit helper or power through visions was very common. Once accomplished, they retreated home to a ceremonial welcoming, to be blessed by the villages’ shaman or medicine man. Happy to have found their place in the community knowing that if they ask their new found helper, they can become better at whatever it is that they do, whether it be hunting, fishing, etc. for the men, to basket or wool weaving for the women. The human figure in this picture can also be seen as saying “thank you,” or “hay chqa,” with hands raised and palms facing toward you. This is a warm way to welcome your visitors in our Salish culture.”