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Acrylic on Acid-free paper
|Dimensions||30 x 11 "|
|LOC||CP - - PD8 -|
|Artist||Maynard Johnny Jr.|
|Nation||Coast Salish / Kwakwaka'wakw Nations|
Coast Salish / Kwakwaka’wakw Nations
Maynard Johnny Jr. was born on the 4th April, 1973, in Campbell River, located on Vancouver Island off the Coast of British Columbia. He is a descendant of both the Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish Nations and thus has inherited a unique blend of culture and tradition. In addition, his living in Canada and the United States has broadened his scope and influence to that of many native traditions and cultures.
Artistically, although Maynard began drawing at the age of six, it was in his mid-teens that he began to work seriously at developing his natural artistic talent. Due to his various life-experiences his artwork takes influence from many nations, however he blends Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw art forms to result in a unique and contemporary vision of traditional legends and their depictions. During his career, Maynard has won various logo and art competitions. His work can be found in many local and international collections – both private and commercial.
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