Susan Point RCA

Northwest Coast Native Artist Susan Point from Coast Salish Musqueam Nation

Coast Salish (Musqueam) Nation

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

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2011     Coast Salish Masterworks: Connecting the Past to the Present, Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

 

Works by this Artist (Present + Past + Public)

Present Works

  • Hecate Strait Scarf – State I

    Susan Point RCA

    $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

  • Pacific Spirit 2021

    Susan Point RCA

    $1,100.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 90

    2021

    Unframed

    (For inquiries on Custom Framing, please contact the gallery)

  • Hecate Strait Scarf – State II

    Susan Point RCA

    $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

  • Scarlet Falcon

    Susan Point RCA

    $850.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 82

    2021

    Unframed

    (For inquiries on Custom Framing, please contact the gallery)

  • New Dawn State II – Yellow

    Susan Point RCA

    $1,100.00 CAD

    Serigraph, State II, Edition of 70

    2020

    Unframed

    (For inquiries on custom framing, please contact the gallery)

  • Eagle Sculpture

    Susan Point RCA

    $4,800.00 CAD

    Aluminum, Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    11 x 18 x 6″ (including base)

    Edition of 8/10

  • Coast Salish Housepost

    Susan Point RCA

    Price upon request

    Red Cedar wood, Copper, Acrylic paint

    10.5ft x 4ft x 4 ft (including base)

    Own a piece of history…this Salish Housepost was carved during the 2010 Olympic Games in full public view at Susan Point’s temporary satellite studio outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.  The cedar wood used originates from a reclaimed fallen tree from the Stanley Park storm in 2009.

  • Salish Path (PP)

    Susan Point RCA

    $2,800.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Printer’s Proof, Edition I of II

    2010

    Unframed

    (For inquiries on custom framing, please contact the gallery.)

    This limited-edition serigraph was created utilizing Susan’s granite installation Salish Path at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology as inspiration. Welcoming visitors to the recently revamped museum, Salish Path showcases the advancement of materials and techniques in First Nations work while staying true to the beliefs and history of her culture.

    In Susan’s words: “The artwork for this project is a crop of a print I did in 2006 called ‘Peripheral Visions – Salish Footprint,’ however, over time it has been revised quite a bit in order to make the overall design work in stone. The imagery is based on the whorls and lines of a thumb or toe print, transformed using distinctive Salish elements, and incorporating many of the life forms found in the land, sea, and skies surrounding the Museum of Anthropology. The artwork emphasizes the Salish connection to the site – a reminder that the surrounding land is Musqueam traditional territory and a welcome from the Musqueam people to this territory.

    The imagery in this design, although done in my own contemporary style, is created incorporating traditional Salish elements (basically, reflecting the Salish vocabulary/alphabet in my artistic style). The imagery within reflects salmon and birds; and upon a closer look other subtle images can be seen (left to the viewer’s creativity).

    This work emphasizes the Salish connection to these lands – in many cases the artwork itself is a Salish mark that is written into the earth as a visual expression of the link between the Musqueam people and the MOA site. The artwork also refers to many aspects of Musqueam life — our connection to the water, our weaving tradition, our links to our ancestors through storytelling and so on. In laying out the colors of the stonework, the red running through the center represents the blood of the people (all peoples). The stone is laid out haphazardly to make the point that no one’s imprint is the same. The layout also complements the architecture. As well, it relates to Musqueam house posts and cross beam architecture.”

Past Works

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.

Public Works

A selection of public artworks by this artist installed either locally, nationally or internationally.

  • Owl Sculpture Susan Point YVR Airport Sky Train Station Vancouver
  • Salish Path Susan Point Entrance Museum of Anthropology
  • People Among the People Susan Point Stanley Park 2008
  • Tree of Life Susan Point Christ Church 2009