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Artists/Designers

 

1. Klatle-Bhi – Klatle-Bhi (pronounced “Klath-Bay”) is an artist of Squamish and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestry. He grew up in the Kwakiutl culture of mask dancing, singing, and potlatching and has played a prominent role in the recent revival of the sea-going canoe journeys. Klatle-Bhi’s art is an expression of his personal and spiritual journey, as well as a reflection of his respective cultures.

2. Clifton Fred - As a Crow of the Tlingit tribe, Clifton Fred’s artistic sensibility reflects the views and achievements of his cultural ancestry. As he puts it “through our art I hope we can remind each other of who we were, what we did, and how we felt. If understanding our beginnings enable us to know our ends, then we may find that all cultures have the same origins and therefore the same destiny. Knowing this we can do nothing other than work together.”

3. Mark Garfield - Mark Garfield was born and raised on the West Coast of British Columbia. He developed an interest in carving at an early age copying totem poles and masks that inspired him throughout his youth.
Mark’s work reflects a contemporary approach to traditional northwest coast art influences which have shaped his carving style. His work is held in private and corporate collections around the world.

4. Artie George – Artie George is a Coast Salish wood carver from the Tsleil – Wauruth Nation (Burrard Band). He is the grand nephew of the respected actor, author, and elder Chief Dan George. Through his art, Artie George expresses visually what his great uncle embodied in the words and deeds of his life: the face of our humanity at one with nature and the Great Spirit within.

5. Dorothy Grant - renowned Haida artist Dorothy Grant's designs are expressions of  living Haida culture. Her talent of bringing together 10,000 year old legends into contemporary styling is distinct and her artwork is found in art collections and museums worldwide. An international multi-award winner, she is recognized for her contribution to First Nations contemporary art.

6. Bill Helin - Tsimshian native artist Bill Helin enjoys a very rewarding career as a creative gold engraver, painter, woodcarver, and book illustrator. He loves to paint mythological images to educate people on the history of the Tsimshian nation and the many stories passed down through his ancestors. His greatest passion however is to spiritually represent and bond individuals together through the use of native Life Crest symbols.

7. Corrine Hunt-  born in Alert Bay  British Columbia in 1959 Corrine Hunt has been producing contemporary art that reflects the themes and traditions of her First Nations Kwakiutl and Tlingit heritage for more than 22 years. "I want to show how both the First Nations people and the art have evolved", she explains. Corrine has mentored First Nations and other artists and continues to be a strong and vocal supporter of the arts in British Columbia. 

8.  Anthony Joseph - Coast Salish artist Anthony Joseph resides with the Squamish Nation in British Columbia. Born into the Eagle Wolf Clan, Anthony is the youngest of eight brothers, all of whom are traditional carvers. Anthony’s art reflects the beauty of his surroundings and the artistic traditions of his family.

9. Keith Tait - Keith Tait was born into the Gitsan Nation at Kispiox in the province of British Columbia. He was trained in art and design at the Gitamaax School of northwest art at Ksan Village in Hazelton. Keith Tait’s graphic sensibility is reflected in the bold precision of his artwork. His designs provide a unique and natural expression of the Northwest Coast traditions of the Bella Coola region.

10. Jim Charlie - Jim Charlie was born in 1967 in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Jim Charlie is part of the Coast Salish Nation. He was educated in the histories and culture of the Salish peoples throughout his youth and studied under Salish carvers Floyd Joseph and Jacob Lewis as well as the renowned Gitksan artist Phil Janze. Charlie's work represents a variety of Northwest Coast legends, and is notable for its broad and accessible style.

11. Andrew Williams - Born in 1964 in Haida Gwaii, Andrew Williams is a carver or argillite, silver and gold as well as a graphic designer. He is part of the Raven clan in the Old Masset on Haida Gwaii. His work is a blend of traditional and contemporary art and shows his passion for his Haida Ancestory and the "old stories".

12. Kelly Robinson - Born in 1981 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Kelly Robinson's roots and family originate in Bella Coola, BC with descendants from both the Nuxalk and Nuu-chah-nulth nations. He was exposed to First Nations artwork from an early age and has always been interested in learning and refining the art- specifically the unique design forms of the Nuxalk.

13.Connie Dickens - Coast Tsimshian artist of the Lax Kw'alaams tribe. She was born in Prince Rupert and attended the Kitanmax school of art. She currently resides in Campbell River, B.C. with her Family.