Artists of Salish Weave

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The Coast Salish artists whose work we collect define and embrace the practice of Coast Salish art. Each artist draws upon traditions and stories of his or her culture, yet challenges the boundaries of Salish art through the exploration of modern media and techniques. Be they world renown, well established or emergent artists, their style is unmistakably their own. They all live and work in traditional Coast Salish territories, on the Pacific southwest coast of British Columbia and northwest coast of the United States.

Learn more about them. Read their biographies and look at their works of art in the Collection by clicking on the link provided above the biography, on the top right hand corner.

When available, we also provide the link to an artist’s website at the end of the artist’s biography.

 

Born in 1952, Susan Point is a Coast Salish artist from the Musqueam First Nation in Vancouver, B.C. Susan learned the traditional values of her culture and the legends of her people from her late mother, Edna Grant-Point and her late uncle,...
Coast Salish carver John Marston (Qap'u'luq) was born in 1978 in Ladysmith, British Columbia. His parents David and Jane Marston, both carvers, were his first teachers and John picked up a carving knife at the age of eight.  ...
Born near Victoria, British Columbia in 1969, Chris is as a member of the T’sartlip nation. He was immersed in Coast Salish art as a child, and was mentored by his uncle, Salish artist Charles Elliott. He also completed one year of training...
Luke Marston (Ts’uts’umutl) is a member of the Stz'uminus (Chemainus) First Nation.  He was born in 1976 to carvers Jane and David Marston who introduced him to carving. He learned Salish history and traditional stories from...
Andy (Nadgedzi) Everson, born in Comox, British Columbia in 1972, was named by his grandfather, the late Chief Andy Frank of the K’ómoks First Nation. His grandmother greatly influenced Andy who has always upheld the traditions of...
Angela Marston (Statu Stsuhwum) was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia in November 1975 to Jane and David Marston, both talented carvers. They taught Angela traditional Coast Salish designs and carving skills from an early age. At...
Charles (Temosen) Elliott is a member of the T'sartlip First Nation. He lives and works in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. As a young artist, Charles carved designs on the bark of the cottonwood trees and styled his own...
Dylan (Qwul’thilum) Thomas was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1986. He is a member of the Lyackson First Nation, whose traditional territory is Valdes Island, one of the Gulf Islands of the Salish Sea. Dylan’s family upheld...
Born in 1995 on Vancouver Island, Sage is from the T’sartlip Nation. Under the tutelage of her father, Coast Salish artist Chris Paul, she has learned Salish design elements, explored design techniques, and produced art prints since 2008...
Born in 1999, Liam is the second child, and only son, of Coast Salish artist Chris Paul. The Paul family is from the T’sartlip Nation and lives in Brentwood Bay, on the Saanich peninsula of Vancouver Island. Under the tutelage of his...
Andy was born in 1955 in Shelton, WA, a member of the Skokomish Nation. After being inspired by Northwest Coast art exhibited in a museum, Andy began carving and exploring different art forms, and by the age of 18 was a self-taught carver and...
Cosiniye (pronounced Kwa-sea-knee-ah) was born in the hot summer of 2000 in on Vancouver Island. She is from the T’sarlip Nation, and the youngest daughter and third child of Coast Salish artist Chris Paul. Cosiniye has been drawing,...
Born Leslie Sam Robert in 1973, in Duncan, British Columbia, lessLIE is Coast Salish of Cowichan, Penelakut and Esquimalt Nations, and of Irish, Italian, and French heritage. lessLIE has a BA in First Nations Studies from Malaspina College, now...
Jane (Kwatleematt) is a Coast Salish artist from the Stz'uminus (Chemainus) First Nation. She started carving in 1984 under the mentorship of Simon Charlie and worked on art projects with him until his passing in 2005. Jane is of the...
Maynard Johnny Jr. was born in 1973 in Campbell River, British Columbia to a father of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation and a mother of Coast Salish heritage. He has inherited a blend of cultures, traditions and art styles. A self-taught artist,...
Thomas was born on Musqueam traditional territory in 1980. Living on the Musqueam Reserve in Vancouver, BC since birth, Thomas immersed himself in the long-established cultural and art traditions of his Musqueam ancestors. Thomas attended the...
Stan Greene was born in Mission, British Columbia in 1953. He is from Sto:lo (Fraser Valley), Semiahmoo (White Rock) and Niimíipu (Nez Perce from the Columbia River Plateau). Sto:lo means People of the River in the Halkomelem language. At...
Kelly Cannell is emerging as a prominent Coast Salish artist from the Musqueam Nation in Vancouver, BC. Since birth, Kelly has been exposed to Coast Salish art and culture. At the age of 12, Kelly began her art career by creating ...