Stan Wamiss was born in 1947 on Gilford Island, but raised in Kingcome Inlet, British Columbia. His father was Tom Patch Wamiss, who was a renowned Master Carver and the highest-ranking chief in Kingcome Inlet.
Stan learned to carve from his father, who he apprenticed under in the early years of his career. His style is reminiscent of the work of Willie Seaweed, whom he considers to be a mentor as well as an inspiration. Stan’s carving is deeply rooted in the traditional Kwakwaka’wakw style, but reflects his own unique interpretations of these forms, elements, and themes. His art encompasses a wide variety of creations, including masks, totems, paddles, bowls, plaques, talking sticks, feast dishes, and rattles. His preferred mediums are red and yellow Cedar wood, species that are central to the artistic history and culture of the Kwakwaka’wakw people.
As an internationally renowned artist, Stan’s work is in high-demand by both public institutions and private collectors. It is featured in many museums and galleries across North America, as well as in various public spaces.