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Acrylic on matboard
|Dimensions||11.5 x 13.75 x 1" (29.21 x 34.93 x 2.54cm)|
Ben Houstie was born in Waglisla, British Columbia, Canada located along the southern coast of the province. He is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation, whose artwork differs from the north by its bold and colourful depiction’s of westcoast symbols.
Ben started making Northwest Coast Native artwork at a very young age. He began painting on paper and on canvas, then progressed to carving cedar wood and in the last five years has taken up the art of jewelry making using silver and gold as his medium. He is more well-known for his paintings than his wood pieces or his jewelry, as he has mastered the two dimensional art form.
Ben is one of the few Northwest Coast Native artists who produce small original paintings and miniature wood masks. The style that he has created is all his own, keeping within the traditional form of his culture. Ben is very much interested in helping preserve his cultural background through his artwork for future generations.
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