Eugene Alfred, Native artist, Northern Tutchone Tlingit

Eugene Alfred – Curator’s Choice Winter 2021

Being a part of a multi-generational family of Northern Tutchone and Tlingit artists, from beadworkers to draftsmen, Eugene Alfred has established himself as a masterful carver and elegant illustrator. His work approaches Northwest Coast forms with a contemporary “postmodern pulse,” while utilizing traditional methods of tool-making, wood harvesting, and curing. Born in Mayo, Yukon, in 1970, Eugene is a member
Kelly Robinson Nuu-Chan-Nulth artist

Kelly Robinson – Curator’s Choice Fall 2020

As a descendant of Nuxalk and Nuu-Chan-Nulth nations, artist Kelly Robinson from Bella Coola is garnering attention for his fine jewelry and wood carving designs that are inspired by his dual heritage. Recently awarded a scholarship by YVR Art Foundation in 2019, Kelly was selected in the Mid-Career Artists category and given $5,000 to attend a school of art, work

Alvin Mack – Curator’s Choice Summer 2020

Ask Alvin Mack to reflect on his life and you will get a very candid tale of hardship, personal struggles and the deep-rooted desire to create meaningful art and from that, a meaningful life. “I left Bella Coola at 17 and I swore I was never coming back,” Mack recalls. “It wasn’t always easy, I had no confidence, no self-esteem
Fulmer Award winners BC Achievement Foundation

Gus Cook – Curator’s Choice Spring 2020

In November 2019, Gus Cook received the Fulmer Award in First Nations Art from the BC Achievement Foundation in Vancouver. From an early age, Gus was given encouragement from both his parents to strive towards his goals, be proud of his cultural heritage, and be mindful of his surroundings. He has been influenced by both of his cousins, Rande Cook and

Henry Green – Curator’s Choice Winter 2020

As a recent recipient of the Fulmer Award in First Nations art from the BC Achievement Foundation, Henry Green has achieved a lifetime of recognition for his contribution to Tsimshian arts and culture. A vast and exemplary collection of artworks has been created by Henry over a lengthy career and he has established himself as a "master " in carving

Robert Davidson RCA – Curator’s Choice Fall 2019

Multiple award-winning artist Robert Davidson, now starring in the film doc 'Haida Modern' at the VIFF (Vancouver International Film Festival) as of October 1st, is one of Canada's most esteemed and respected contemporary First Nations artists. Born in Massett on the Haida Gwaii Islands in 1946, he moved to Vancouver in 1965 and soon met Bill Reid in 1966 when

Maynard Johnny Jr. – Curator’s Choice Summer 2019

Maynard Johnny Jr. began drawing at the early age of 6, and it was in his mid-teens that he began to work seriously at developing his natural artistic talents.  Due to his varied life experience, his work takes influence from many nations; however, he primarily blends Coast Salish with Kwakwaka'wakw art forms which result in a unique and contemporary

Christian White – Curator’s Choice Spring 2019

Award-winning and internationally-renowned, Christian White is considered the leading Argillite carver on the westcoast.  Highly influential to other artists, he is respected for his efforts in establishing an apprenticeship program and leading the future direction of Haida art. "The woodcarving is more about giving back to the culture and being with my friends and apprentices, creating the monumental poles and

Lyle Wilson – Curator’s Choice Winter 2019

Lyle Wilson recently gave an artist talk at the gallery and he discussed how he has been incorporating all that he's learned over the years into his collection - "it's taken me forty years to get here". With his immaculate carving style and remarkable attention to detail, his efforts have been unwavering in cultivating the preservation of the Haisla formline

Kevin Cranmer – Curator’s Choice Fall 2018

"My first experience seeing Kwakwaka'wakw art...was with my dad. As a five year old...I recognized the power that these masks and sculptures possessed. This initial experience was first inspiration to learn how to create this art form, to do something I my Dad doing. What inspires me now...is...the richness and complexity of our peoples' history the

Don Yeomans – Curator’s Choice Summer 2018

"Culture has to expand...Culture is inclusive; it is not trapped in one period of history that was your glory days." Born in Prince Rupert, Don has dual ancestry with a Haida father from Masset on the Haida Gwaii Islands and a Metis mother from Slave Lake, Alberta. This unusual mix in nationality has given his work a unique vision and
Ben Davidson, Haida, artist

Ben Davidson – Curator’s Choice Spring 2018

As an award-winning artist and son of famed Haida master Robert Davidson, Ben has carved out a significant career of his own. While a featured artist in our most recent Haida Masterworks III exhibition, he demonstrated his progressive style and imaginative interpretations on traditional forms. He brings together traditional customs and contemporary exploration in harmony, and incorporates non-traditional materials to do

Corrine Hunt – Curator’s Choice Winter 2018

Corrine Hunt's dual background as Kwakwaka'wakw and Tlingit creates a dynamic intertwine between her profoundly personal design ethic and a deep connection to her family's lineage. With a rich family history that includes internationally-renowned artists Henry Hunt, Richard Hunt and Tony Hunt, her most significant teach and mentor was her uncle Norman Brotchie who introduced her to the art of
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