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Stan Wamiss was born in 1947 on Gilford Island, but raised in Kingcome Inlet, British Columbia. His father was Tom Patch Wamiss, who was a renowned Master Carver and the highest-ranking chief in Kingcome Inlet.
Stan learned to carve from his father, who he apprenticed under in the early years of his career. His style is reminiscent of the work of Willie Seaweed, whom he considers to be a mentor as well as an inspiration. Stan’s carving is deeply rooted in the traditional Kwakwaka’wakw style, but reflects his own unique interpretations of these forms, elements, and themes. His art encompasses a wide variety of creations, including masks, totems, paddles, bowls, plaques, talking sticks, feast dishes, and rattles. His preferred mediums are red and yellow Cedar wood, species that are central to the artistic history and culture of the Kwakwaka’wakw people.
As an internationally renowned artist, Stan’s work is in high-demand by both public institutions and private collectors. It is featured in many museums and galleries across North America, as well as in various public spaces.
The drum is considered one of the main percussive instruments, along with the rattle, which was used in traditional Northwest Coast ceremonies and cultural events. Its beat provides the basis from which dances, songs and oral histories are performed during a Potlatch.
The Thunderbird is a supernatural, mythical creature that lives high in the mountains and feeds on Killerwhale. It’s been aptly named for the thunder that rolls off its wings and lightening comes from its eyes when it flies.
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.
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