Susan Point RCA
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.”
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)
Serigraph, Edition of 55
(For inquiries on custom framing, please contact the gallery)
Tree of Life is the serigraph adaptation of the stunning stained-glass windows that Susan Point created in 2009 for Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“The artwork celebrates the beauty of our surrounding land, and our enduring connection with it –a connection honoured and celebrated by a living Salish culture, and by the many others who have chosen Vancouver as their home, and as a place to visit. The colours reflect the mountains and the oceans of the Pacific Northwest, emphasizing the importance of the landscape within our lives.” – Susan Point, 2009
Serigraph, State II/II, Edition 15 of 50
“Undoubtedly the richest place of the planet is the Sea. Life on the planet exists because everything in the ocean is magical; between the deepest trenches, and the white surface. We see her uncompromising changing moods in the wind and surf. These are the moments I like to ponder; the eternal tides, smearing time.” – Susan Point, 2017
Serigraph, Edition of 85
Vanishing Point is a dynamic print by Susan Point that portrays a beautiful symphony of aquatic animals. One can find sharks, whales, and dolphins all swirling together in a traditional Coast Salish whorl design.
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.
A selection of public artworks by this artist installed either locally, nationally or internationally.