Joseph Campbell

Born in 1948, Joseph was raised on Musqueam land in Vancouver, BC and over the years has raised his own family in Vancouver. His ancestral name is Katxalacha and it was handed down to him from the Paul family of the Squamish Nation situated in North Vancouver.

Joseph took an early interest in carving and had the opportunity to observe his late father, Sylvester, who carved culturally significant ceremonial masks and house posts, using the traditional Coast Salish form line. Joseph’s late brother Danny Campbell gave him his first carving knife and also demonstrated numerous carving techniques and styles, including the structured and complex northern form line, a style which Joseph continues to use in most of his work.

Joseph began carving small scale works, swiftly progressing to larger scale, with objects such as talking sticks, masks and panels. Consequently, Joseph commenced designing and building bentwood boxes under the guidance of his good friend and mentor, master bentwood box carver, Larry Rosso. Since that apprenticeship, Joseph has progressed steadily with his range of expertise and precision in perfecting his design and carving techniques. He continues to create more finely crafted and complex pieces with each completed work. Campbell not only furthers his carving techniques through his practical skills, but also drives himself to improve his knowledge of design, working in contemporary media to advance and broaden his artwork.

Campbell studied Advanced Design with Master Haida artist Robert Davidson, and has worked with instructor George Rammel at Capilano College on the art of bronze casting. As Campbell’s artwork continues to thrive, many collectors has developed a strong affinity for his work; his bentwood boxes can be found in collections across Europe, United States, Canada, Asia, and the South Pacific.

Works by this Artist (Present + Past + Public)

Present Works

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  • Killerwhale Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $975.00 CAD

    Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    The Killerwhale is a powerful underwater hunter and considered the sea manifestation of the land Wolf. It’s commonly known to mate and guard its family for a lifetime. As a crest symbol, the Killerwhale is associated with family, power, strength, dignity and communication.

  • Wolf Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $450.00 CAD

    Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    The Wolf is a symbol of patience, individuality and protection. The Wolf was revered as a powerful and skillful hunter on land. In order to become a good hunter, one must acquire the spiritual power of the Wolf. The Wolf is considered the land manifestation of the Killerwhale; it mates and guards its family for a lifetime.

  • Raven Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    RESERVED

    Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    Full of magical, supernatural power, Raven could turn himself into anything at any time. His legendary antics were often motivated by insatiable greed, and he loved to tease, cheat, woo and trick. In legends, the Raven is credited for releasing the Sun, Creating the Moon, Stars and the Universe and, according to the Haida Nation, discovering Humans in a Clamshell.

  • Raven & Light Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $975.00 CAD

    Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    Specific and unique to the Northwest Coast People is the bentwood or bent-corner box or container. A most outstanding item of the First Nations people, it is a made from one single plank of wood through a lengthy steaming process – a method strictly adapted by the coastal peoples.

  • Eagle Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $975.00 CAD

    Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    Specific and unique to the Northwest Coast People is the bentwood or bent-corner box or container. A most outstanding item of the First Nations people, it is a made from one single plank of wood through a lengthy steaming process – a method strictly adapted by the coastal peoples.

    The intelligent Eagle symbolizes status, power, peace and friendship. The Eagle feather is considered a sacred part of many ceremonies and rituals.

  • Eagle & Raven with Light Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $975.00 CAD

    Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    Full of magical, supernatural power, Raven could turn himself into anything at any time. His legendary antics were often motivated by insatiable greed, and he loved to tease, cheat, woo and trick. In legends, the Raven is credited for releasing the Sun, Creating the Moon, Stars and the Universe and, according to the Haida Nation, discovering Humans in a Clamshell.

    The intelligent Eagle symbolizes status, power, peace and friendship. Eagle feathers are considered a sacred part of many ceremonies and rituals. The Eagle is known to mate with one partner for a lifetime.

    In Haida legend, the Eagle and Raven are close companions and serve as alter egos.

  • Eagle & Bear Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $975.00 CAD

    Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    Specific and unique to the Northwest Coast People is the bentwood or bent-corner box or container. A most outstanding item of the First Nations people, it is a made from one single plank of wood through a lengthy steaming process – a method strictly adapted by the coastal peoples.

    The intelligent Eagle symbolizes status, power, peace and friendship. The powerful, human-like Bear was referred to as ‘Elder Kinsmen’ and is associated with courage, strength, authority and learned humility.

     

  • Eagle & Bear Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $975.00 CAD

    Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar, Acrylic paint

    Specific and unique to the Northwest Coast People is the bentwood or bent-corner box or container. A most outstanding item of the First Nations people, it is a made from one single plank of wood through a lengthy steaming process – a method strictly adapted by the coastal peoples.

    The intelligent Eagle symbolizes status, power, peace and friendship. The powerful, human-like Bear was referred to as ‘Elder Kinsmen’ and is associated with courage, strength, authority and learned humility.

  • Raven with First Man Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $975.00 CAD

    Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar, Acrylic paint

    Full of magical, supernatural power, Raven could turn himself into anything at any time. His legendary antics were often motivated by insatiable greed, and he loved to tease, cheat, woo and trick. In legends, the Raven is credited for releasing the Sun, Creating the Moon, Stars and the Universe and, according to the Haida Nation, discovering Humans in a Clamshell.

  • Killerwhale Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $975.00 CAD

    Yellow Cedar wood, Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    The Killerwhale is a powerful underwater hunter and considered the sea manifestation of the land Wolf. It’s commonly known to mate and guard its family for a lifetime. Thus, a whale sighted near the shore, was believed to be a transformed human trying to communicate with his family.

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

  • Eagle Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $1,250.00 CAD

    Red Cedar wood, Yellow cedar wood, Operculum shell, Acrylic paint

    Specific and unique to the Northwest Coast People is the bentwood or bent-corner box or container. A most outstanding item of the First Nations people, it is a made from one single plank of wood through a lengthy steaming process – a method strictly adapted by the coastal peoples.

    The intelligent Eagle symbolizes status, power, peace and friendship. The Eagle feather is considered a sacred part of many ceremonies and rituals.

  • Raven & Eagle Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $1,250.00 CAD

    Red Cedar wood, Yellow cedar wood, Operculum shell,  Acrylic paint

    Full of magical, supernatural power, Raven could turn himself into anything at any time. His legendary antics were often motivated by insatiable greed, and he loved to tease, cheat, woo and trick. In legends, the Raven is credited for releasing the Sun, Creating the Moon, Stars and the Universe and, according to the Haida Nation, discovering Humans in a Clamshell.

    The intelligent Eagle symbolizes status, power, peace and friendship. Eagle feathers are considered a sacred part of many ceremonies and rituals. The Eagle is known to mate with one partner for a lifetime.

    In Haida legend, the Eagle and Raven are close companions and serve as alter egos.

  • Salmon Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $975.00 CAD

    Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    Specific and unique to the Northwest Coast People is the bentwood or bent-corner box or container. A most outstanding item of the First Nations people, it is a made from one single plank of wood through a lengthy steaming process – a method strictly adapted by the coastal peoples.

    Salmon are honoured and celebrated by all coastal peoples: the fish serves as a powerful symbol of regeneration, self-sacrifice and perseverance.

  • Killerwhale Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $975.00 CAD

    Red Cedar wood, Yellow cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    The Killerwhale is a powerful underwater hunter and considered the sea manifestation of the land Wolf. It’s commonly known to mate and guard its family for a lifetime. Thus, a whale sighted near the shore, was believed to be a transformed human trying to communicate with his family.

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

  • Wolf Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $975.00 CAD

    Yellow Cedar wood, Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    Specific and unique to the Northwest Coast People is the bentwood or bent-corner box or container. A most outstanding item of the First Nations people, it is a made from one single plank of wood through a lengthy steaming process – a method strictly adapted by the coastal peoples.

    The Wolf is a symbol of patience, individuality and protection. In order to become a good hunter, one must acquire the spiritual power of the Wolf.

  • Wolf Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $975.00 CAD

    Yellow Cedar wood, Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    Specific and unique to the Northwest Coast People is the bentwood or bent-corner box or container. A most outstanding item of the First Nations people, it is a made from one single plank of wood through a lengthy steaming process – a method strictly adapted by the coastal peoples.

    The Wolf is a symbol of patience, individuality and protection. In order to become a good hunter, one must acquire the spiritual power of the Wolf.

  • Eagle Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $975.00 CAD

    Yellow Cedar wood, Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    Specific and unique to the Northwest Coast People is the bentwood or bent-corner box or container. A most outstanding item of the First Nations people, it is a made from one single plank of wood through a lengthy steaming process – a method strictly adapted by the coastal peoples.

    The intelligent Eagle symbolizes status, power, peace and friendship. The Eagle feather is considered a sacred part of many ceremonies and rituals.

  • Bentwood Box Design

    Joseph Campbell

    $70.00 CAD

    Giclee, Edition of 150

    2017

    Unframed

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

  • Beaver & Bear Bentwood Box

    Joseph Campbell

    $6,600.00 CAD

    Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    Specific and unique to the Northwest Coast People is the bentwood or bent-corner box or container. A most outstanding item of the First Nations people, it is a made from one single plank of wood through a lengthy steaming process – a method strictly adapted by the coastal peoples.

    The powerful, human-like Bear was referred to as ‘Elder Kinsmen’ and is associated with courage, strength, authority and learned humility. Beavers are creative, artistic, determined, and industrious.