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 renowned, 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 the northwest coast of the United States.

Read their biographies and view their works of art in the Collection.

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

  • Places of British Columbia

    Places of British Columbia is an art display curated by the Salish Weave Collection and installed at Government House, the Ceremonial Home of all British Columbians, and the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. It includes 13…
    2014 - 2017
  • Government House, Victoria, British Columbia

    Government House is the Ceremonial Home of all British Columbians and the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Contemporary Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection was first displayed at the Government House in 2011 when the…
    2011 - 2017
  • Cornett Building Salish Art Display

    The University of Victoria and the Faculty of Social Sciences acknowledge, and express gratitude to, the Coast Salish peoples on whose territory the campus is situated. Works of art by artists from these nations are installed throughout the Cornett Building…

About this collection

The Salish Weave Collection counts over three hundred and fifty contemporary works of art done in the traditional Salish art form. Sculptural and three-dimensional works, large and small, are made of traditional media such as wood, cedar bark and root, hide and wool, and of modern media such as glass, metal and composite material. Paintings are done in acrylic, either on paper or canvas. The great majority of prints is done in the silkscreen method of printing.

The prints (or serigraphs) constitute the largest body of works of the collection with some 250 different designs, and a total of about 2,300 prints. Among them, 3 series of 9 limited editions of 50 prints commissioned by Salish Weave from seven different Coast Salish artists.

The information provided for each work includes the title of the piece, the year of its creation, the name of the artist(s), and the description and dimensions of the piece. Where applicable, we name of the exhibitions and displays in which a work has been shown as well as the names of the gallery or museum to which the work has been donated.