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Heiltsuk artist KC Hall represents a new generation of native artists. He is combining graffiti with traditional form line and in the process is reaching a whole new group of art enthusiasts. The thought that he might be ruffling the feathers of traditionalists along the way is of no concern to him. KC says, “Native art is nothing like it was 10 years ago. At one point everything was changing except for the form itself (….) and now people are adding to it and making it a newer version of its.... Read more >>
The area from Vancouver Island to the lower BC mainland and the coastline all the way down to Oregon has been home to the Coast Salish for millennia. This is also where a very unique breed of dog, which came to be known as the Salish Wool dog, had its origin.
When Spanish explorer Juan Jose Perez Hernandez and his crew first made contact with the Coast Salish in 1774, they did not expect to find a civilization dressed in woven clothing. Up to this point, every indigenous person they had .... Read more >>
Kwakwaka'wakw art has a long history of tradition and innovation, of legacy and inventiveness. Since the beginning, it’s been an evolving exploration of expression, design and form.
But first: Who are the Kwakwaka’wakw?
The Kwakwaka’wakw (pronounced Kwak-wak-ya-wak), or Kwagiulth, are the original inhabitants of northern Vancouver Island, the adjacent mainland and the islands in between. Kwakwaka'wakw literally translates as "Those who speak Kwak'wala", describing the collect.... Read more >>
Kwakwaka'wakw native artist Francis Dick was born in 1959 into the Musqamakw Dzawadaenutw Band of Kingcome Inlet. She is a descendant of the supernatural Wolf, Kawadelekala, who shed his animal form to become the first of the Kingcome people.
Francis Dick spent the majority of her childhood in Alert Bay, off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island, and later moved to Victoria to attend the University of Victoria and pursue a career in social work. She quickly realized, however, that her t.... Read more >>
Leslie Robert Sam was born in Duncan, BC in 1973. He adopted the artist name lessLIE in reference to the deception and betrayal that First Nations peoples suffered as a result of colonization.
When lessLIE was six months old, he and his mother moved to Seattle to be closer to other family members, in particular, his grandfather, Gary Rice. lessLIE credits his grandfather, a Coast Salish native artist himself, with instilling in him and encouraging the passion to be an artist. He believes .... Read more >>
Richard Hunt
Richard Hunt is one of Canada’s most celebrated northwest coast artists. Born in 1951 in Alert Bay, British Columbia, he comes from a long line of internationally respected artists and carvers that have been instrumental in the survival of the Kwakwaka'wakw native art form.
Richard Hunt began carving with his father, the late Henry Hunt, at the age of 13, and in 1973 began a carving apprenticeship under his guidance at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. The next year, he assumed the dutie.... Read more >>
October 1, 2018
Woodland Art, also known as Legend Painting or Medicine Painting, is a distinct style of native art that blends traditional legends and myths with contemporary mediums. It explores the relationships between people, animals, and plants and is rich with spiritual imagery and symbolism. What does Woodland Art look like? With its bright colours, bold lines and 2-dimensional design, Woodland Art is one of the most recognizable forms of native art. The visionary style emphasizes heavy black form.... Read more >>
September 19, 2018
Serigraphy, also known as silk screening, screen printing or serigraph printing, is a stencil-based printing process in which ink is forced through a fine screen onto the paper beneath. Screens were originally made of silk, but they are now made of finely woven polyester or nylon.
The screen is stretched over a wood or aluminum frame, then areas of the screen are blocked off with a stencil (a negative of the image). The screen is then placed on top of paper, and ink is placed on the scree.... Read more >>