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Stan Hunt III was born March 24th, 1958 in Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada. This small fishing village is located along the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island. It is a rich cultural centre for the Kwakwaka’wakw People and, therefore, is a source of inspiration for many artisans including Stan.
Stan grew up in Kingcome Inlet, where as a young boy, he would watch his grandfather, Charlie Willie, carve various masks and utilitarian objects for use in many potlatches. His grandfather not only served as an inspiration but also educated him on the many aspects of his roots through stories and legends owned by their family. As a little boy, Charlie encouraged Stan to draw on various mediums including rocks and walls. He later progressed to red and yellow cedar wood. Stan is passed on the carving tradition to his son, Willis Charles Henry Hunt.
In recent years, Stan Hunt III focused on producing interpretations of the old Hamatsa Raven masks. His multiple masks, done in the style of Willie Seaweed, became his signature works. He depicted the traditional aspects of the mythical beings revolving around the Hamatsa series of masks. His attention to detail and overall refinement set him apart among other artists.
An accomplished artist, Stan’s miniature and full size Hamatsa masks can be found in many collections worldwide.
Nuu Chah Nulth carver Tom Paul has carved his Winter Moon mask from red cedar wood and finished the piece with light washes of green accented with stamped arrangements of white snowflakes and evergreens. Slightly abstract, this work reflects the ongoing theme of the Nuu Chah Nulth’s thirteen moons, while experimenting with new ways of designing and configuring forms. The moon told of the arrival of food sources such as the salmon’s return and the quantities of certain crops. Culturally, each moon was characterized by images that represented that particular time of year – such are the swirling wind motifs and somber colors in this mask. The small figure on the right-hand side of the central moon face depicts the wind that brings the great flood waters. Each winter these waters wash the earth and prepare for a new beginning.