Susan Point

Susan Point is a Musqueam First Nations artist.  She was born in 1952 and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Susan artistic career began in 1981 and she immersed herself in the study of traditional Coast Salish art, and emerged with a language of design, both authentic yet vibrantly contemporary.

As well as practicing traditional motifs, Susan also expresses her own personal style.  Like many First Nations artists, she uses the meaning found in traditional art to create innovative work in a wide range of mediums. Susan initially began producing fine art in precious metals, serigraphs and acrylic paintings; however, she is now producing large scale public art in mediums which include glass, wood, stainless steel and concrete.  Many of Susan’s works can currently be found in private and corporate collections in over twenty countries around the world.

From the Artist: “Coast Salish art is relatively unknown to most people today as it was an almost lost art form after European contact — the reason being is that Salish lands were the first to be settled by the Europeans which adversely affected my peoples’ traditional life-style.

Today, much of the native art associated with the Pacific Northwest Coast is from principle tribes of northern British Columbia.  Because of this, over the years, I spent a great deal of my time, as a Coast Salish artist, trying to revive traditional Coast Salish art in an attempt to educate the public to the fact that there was, and still is, another art form indigenous to the central Pacific Northwest Coast.

Although most of my earlier work is very traditional, today I am experimenting with contemporary mediums and themes; however, I still incorporate my ancestral design elements into my work to conditioning as well as social and economic conditions.

In creating my art, I feel a need to continually express my cultural background and beliefs yet, at the same time, my work continues to evolve with changes within and outside of my community.”

AWARDS:

2007 British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art

2016 British Columbia Lifetime Creative Achievement Award

GROUP EXHIBTIONS:

2011 “Coast Salish Masterworks“, Coastal Peoples Gallery

 

  • Genesis – Orange/Brown [Framed]

    Susan Point

    $2,300.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Variable Edition of 30

    Framed

  • Hecate Strait Scarf – State I

    Susan Point

    $420.00 CAD

    100% Silk; Limited Edition of 100

    Exclusively available through Coastal Peoples Gallery

    “Hecate Strait is a wide but shallow strait between Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) and the mainland of British Columbia.  Hecate Strait, because it is so shallow, is especially susceptible to violent storms and weather; therefore, has always been revered by the Northwest Coast First Nations Peoples.

    The shallow waters make it an abundant place for marine life, especially for spotting Orcas and Humpback Whales breaching.

    In this scarf design, I’ve illustrated the turbulent waters, abundance of Orcas, and Salmon.

    Orcas are great guardians of the ocean, with Seals as slaves and Dolphins as warriors.  Orcas are closely related to humans; I was told many legends as a child of the whale people and their villages beneath the sea.

    Salmon are a symbol of abundance, wealth and prosperity because Salmon are the primary food source for the people of the Northwest Coast.  It is also symbolic of dependability and renewal representing the provider of life.  Salmon in pairs are good luck.”

    – Susan Point, 2018

  • Hecate Strait Scarf – State II

    Susan Point

    $420.00 CAD

    100% Silk; Limited Edition of 100

    Exclusively available through Coastal Peoples Gallery

    “Hecate Strait is a wide but shallow strait between Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) and the mainland of British Columbia.  Hecate Strait, because it is so shallow, is especially susceptible to violent storms and weather; therefore, has always been revered by the Northwest Coast First Nations Peoples.

    The shallow waters make it an abundant place for marine life, especially for spotting Orcas and Humpback Whales breaching.

    In this scarf design, I’ve illustrated the turbulent waters, abundance of Orcas, and Salmon.

    Orcas are great guardians of the ocean, with Seals as slaves and Dolphins as warriors.  Orcas are closely related to humans; I was told many legends as a child of the whale people and their villages beneath the sea.

    Salmon are a symbol of abundance, wealth and prosperity because Salmon are the primary food source for the people of the Northwest Coast.  It is also symbolic of dependability and renewal representing the provider of life.  Salmon in pairs are good luck.”

    – Susan Point, 2018

  • Iona Beach [Framed]

    Susan Point

    $1,900.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 100

    2012

    Framed

  • Robins State II – Red [Framed]

    Susan Point

    $3,025.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 50

    State II of II

    2017

    Framed

  • Ever-Changing Sea State II

    Susan Point

    $1,200.00 CAD

    Serigraph, State II/II

    Edition of 50

    2018

     

    Unframed

  • Crosswalk

    Susan Point

    $1,190.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 100

    2007

     

    Unframed

     

     

     

     

  • Robins State I – Black [Framed]

    Susan Point

    $3,025.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 50

    State 1 of 2

    2017

    Framed

  • Robins State I – Black

    Susan Point

    $2,200.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 50

    State 1 of 2

    2017

    Unframed

  • Robins State II – Red

    Susan Point

    $2,200.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 50

    State 2 of 2

    2017

    Unframed

  • Up Stream Quest State II (Inward) Panel

    Susan Point

    $15,000.00 CAD

    Cast Forton (black)

  • Legacy [Framed]

    Susan Point

    $2,085.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Artist Proof, Edition of VIII (Framed)

    2003

  • Coastal Journey

    Susan Point

    $7,000.00 CAD

    Aluminum, Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

  • Eagle Sculpture

    Susan Point

    $4,800.00 CAD

    Aluminum, Red cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    11 x 18 x 6" (including base)

    Edition of 5

  • Eagle Sculpture

    Susan Point

    $4,800.00 CAD

    Aluminum, Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    11 x 18 x 6" (including base)

  • Eagle’s Play Glass Rattle

    Susan Point

    $6,800.00 CAD

    Hand blown glass, Red Cedar wood base

  • Pacific Northwest Coast

    Susan Point

    $800.00 CAD

    Serigraph

    Edition of 45

  • Eagle Sculpture

    Susan Point

    $4,800.00 CAD

    Aluminum, Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

     

     

    Edition of 8

  • Legends of the Wolf Sculpture

    Susan Point

    $3,980.00 CAD

    Aluminum, Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

     

    Artist's Proof II / II

     

  • Orcas at Play

    Susan Point

    $260.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 400

    2015

  • Into the Light [Framed]

    Susan Point

    $4,400.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 100

    2008

    Framed – White Frame and Matte

  • Three Rivers (Baker Creek, Fraser River, Quesnel River – The Confluence)

    Susan Point

    $800.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 105

    2015

  • Salmon Blanket

    Susan Point

    $800.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 110

    2015

  • Salmon Cedar Rope

    Susan Point

    $2,200.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Trial Proof Edition I/I

    2004

    Unframed