Native Canadian Artists

Beau Dick – Kwakwaka’wakw

Beau Dick (‘Walas G̱wa̱ʼya̱m ‘Big Whale’) was one of the most exciting and creative Northwest Coast contemporary artists of his generation. Having established a career that spanned decades, his work stands out for its power and emotion. In addition, his creativity and curiosity allowed him to reach out beyond his own Kwakwaka’wakw culture to experiment in styles of other tribal traditions. He is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable artists among the Kwakwaka’wakw, and perpetuated the ceremonial traditions of his people.

Beau Dick

Bill Reid – Haida

Bill Reid is one of Canada’s greatest artists of the 20th century. Goldsmith-turned-sculptor, carver, writer, – he was truly a renaissance man. In a long career, he embraced many art forms, driven always by a passion to create the “well-made object”. This passion combined with a gradual discovery of his rich Haida cultural heritage informed and inspired his development as a visual artist of tremendous power and brilliant accomplishment.

Bill Reid

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas – Haida

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a contemporary artist who explores themes of identity, environmentalism, and the human condition. His artistic practice is wide-ranging and includes large-scale public art projects, sculpture, painting, multi-media works, visual books, and an opera. Combining the influence of Asian brush painting traditions with the iconography of his Haida ancestry he created a new art style called “Haida Manga.”

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas