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Francis Horne was born October 18, 1952 in Mount Vernon, WA and raised in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada. He began carving in 1973 and is largely self-taught. He does reveal that Simon Charlie, a prominent Chief and accomplished artist, greatly influenced his pursuit of creating large-scale art. Subsequently, Francis began to explore and educate himself on the style of the northern nations. This interest led him to pursue large-scale public art reflecting the traditional northern images in its traditional format. Occasionally, Francis focuses on depicting images in keeping with his Coast Salish heritage.
Francis has produced numerous major totem poles for public, corporate and private international commissions. The city of Duncan, known as the “City of Totem Poles,” has five of his poles. His smaller scale works and masks are limited in number, as his reputation for large-scale works keeps him occupied. Whether a mask or a 10 to 20 foot totem pole, his elaborate detail and precise incisions reflects both his expertise and his dedication to maintaining a high standard of quality and collectibility of his artwork. He prefers to work in red or yellow cedar, and occasionally works with alder wood.
In 2007, Francis made the decision to share his passion by becoming an instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley, where he currently teaches knife-making to young carvers. Twelve years later, on June 5th, 2019, the University of Fraser Valley awarded him with an honorary Doctorate of Letters (Litt. D.) for his contributions to the study and understanding of indigenous art on the Pacific Northwest Coast. This is the highest reward that one can receive in a number of fields, including the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
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.