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Charles Elliott (Temosen)

Coast Salish

Charles Elliott (Temosen) is a Coast Salish artist from the T’sartlip First Nation on Southern Vancouver Island. Throughout his career as an artist, Elliott has created many contemporary Coast Salish designs and artworks, as well as traditional wood carvings. He is also a painter and has created many serigraph prints. Elliott has contributed significantly to the revival of Salish art, and has become an inspiration for a new generation of artists, including Chris Paul, Chazz Elliott, and Joe Wilson.

Elliott continues to mentor many emerging artists and contribute to his community. He teaches the history of Salish art in schools, and is one of the organizers of the annual Coast Salish art exhibition in Saanich. Charles has carved the Queen’s baton for the Commonwealth Games held in Victoria, BC, and a talking stick for Nelson Mandela.

In 2005, Elliott was awarded the Order of British Columbia, and he was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2013.