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Born in 1960 in Queen Charlotte City on the Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Tim Boyko has been carving for over 25 years. Currently, Tim lives in Uearset.
He first began carving at the young age of 14, and his primary medium by choice was Argillite, which is a black shale stone indigenous to the Queen Charlotte Islands. Eventually, Tim progressed to jewelry and his favourite metal, silver.
As Tim notes, “We used to steal Billy’s (Bellis) mom’s quarters. The quarters made before 1968 had enough silver in them to work with. We’d pound them into shape, and make pendants out of them,” he says. “I love silver because it’s got a nice feel to it, it’s soft.”
His apprenticeships were with luminary artists, such as Bill Reid during the 1980’s, prominent Argillite artist Alfie Collinson, as well as carving canoes with Morris White (Christian White’s father).
After 20 years of carving, Tim embarked upon his newest medium, wood carving. He carved a small totem for Skidgate Elementary School, but his first major work was a Sgaang Gwaii Pole at Qay’llnagaay where he was among the lead carvers. Tim says the design was inspired by a house frontal pole raised on Sgaang Gwaii.
Derek White’s extraordinary Beaver & Eagle Fish Bowl, created in the traditional Haida form and utilizing the ancient technique of repousse to add dimension, demonstrates his articulate master carving and artistry skills. Containers such as bowls were traditionally created out of Cedar or Alder wood and utilized in daily life. The chosen medium of silver serves as a contemporary progression of this ancient art form while illustrating the intricate foundational links which combine cultural heritage with the arts.
This Welcome Figure portrait mask, based on a Nuu chah nulth mask from the 1850’s, would be danced during a ceremonial welcome song which belongs to the David family of the Tla-O-Qui-Aht clan. Smoked elk hide has been rigged to the back of the piece to hold it securely in place when being danced.
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