Sep 052015
Man with Carving

Beau Dick, Bear Pole, 2015 Photo: Fazakas Gallery

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick has recently completed a commissioned pole, Bear holding Killer Whale, surmounted by Eagle.

In the spring of 2015 Dick completed a second Artist Residency at the University of British Columbia; his studio was in the new Audain Art Centre there.

At Vancouver’s Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Beau Dick will speak on his current exhibition on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 2 pm., as part of Vancouver’s Culture Days. The exhibition will close Sunday, September 27th at 5:00pm, so this encounter with the artist is also the last chance for the public to enjoy the show.

The BRG’s next exhibition Gwaii Haanas: Land Sea People will open October 14th and will run through March 27, 2016.

The Bill Reid Gallery has just been noted as #1 among the ten best and unique venues for events in Canada.


Jan 122015

Corey Bulpitt, Eagle Pole, 2013 Bill Reid Gallery


AKOS is Haida artist Corey Bulpitt’s graffiti tag. The artist moves ably from traditional Haida work to Hip Hop culture in his exhibition which has been at the Bill Reid Gallery for Northwest Coast Art since June 2014, and will close on January 25, 2015.

Corey Bulpitt will speak at the Gallery on Saturday, January 24 at 2 pm. Bulpitt will reflect on his journey through the creative process and the connections between traditional and street art.

The Gallery is currently preparing for an exhibition of the art of Beau Dick, The Box of Treasures, Gifts from the Supernatural, opening in February 2015.

Until February 18, there will also be a short opportunity to view the Godanxee’wat: Stone Ribs pole by Gwaai Edenshaw at the Bill Reid Gallery. (For more about Stone Ribs, see issues of The Beat June and July 2014)

Oct 052014

Richard Hunt, Kwa-Giulth Octopus, 1979, serigraph. Photo: Richard Hunt

Formline Modern is an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Carleton University in Ottawa (CUAG), running until December 14, 2014. Drawing heavily on a collection of Northwest Coast graphic art donated by George and Joanne MacDonald, the show explores silkscreen printing on the BC coast since the 1960’s. The MacDonald collection, 800 limited edition First Nations prints, was donated to CUAG in 1999.

“Working during a period of renewed cultural production, coastal artists drew upon—and departed from—traditional imagery and the “rules” of formline design. Through the novel medium of silkscreen printing, these artists engaged with new narrative forms and content, shaping a uniquely indigenous modernism that challenged conventions and ultimately expanded tradition.”

Artists include Freda Diesing, Beau Dick, Robert Davidson, Chuuchkamalthnii (formerly Ron Hamilton), and Ozistalis (the late Chief Henry Speck).

Alongside Formline Modern at CUAG, Vancouver artist Raymond Boisjoly has created an exhibition generated by his study of the MacDonald Collection. Boisjoly “considers Indigenous artists’ use of printmaking, and the status, production, and circulation of prints in relation to Indigenous literary traditions.” See

Aug 072014

Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology has a small difficult-to-find display well worth seeking out. Go behind the Multiversity Galleries, on into the Textile Research Room. Don’t Give It Up! The Lives and Stories of the Mabel Stanley Collection is open to the public until January 4, 2015.

The exhibition honours a prominent Kwakwaka’wakw advocate for Aboriginal and Women’s rights, Mabel Stanley (1901-1979). Active in her home community of Cape Mudge, Stanley moved to Ladner in 1949 and continued her work, speaking about her culture to audiences across the country while wearing her inherited regalia.

Stanley’s family recently donated her personal collection to MOA, and the museum has created an attractive and informative display which gives insight into the history of an individual and the province.

See and search for Mabel Stanley

May 152014

Cole Speck, Dzunukwa in Class 2, detail Photo: Eric Angus

An exhibition at the new Fazakis Gallery at 145 West 6th Avenue in Vancouver opens on Thursday May 8, 2014. Inappropriate, with artists Beau Dick, Rande Cook and Cole Speck “challenges our preconceptions of indigenous creation. Launching themselves at the contemporary art world from a Kwakwaka’wakw perspective in cosmology, these artists are asserting their own voices and becoming the examiner rather than the examinee.”

Sep 102012
 Beau Dick at the Macaulay & Co Gallery, Vancouver  Photo: Ann Cameron

Beau Dick at the Macaulay & Co Gallery, Vancouver
Photo: Ann Cameron

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick exhibited an impressive series of masks at the downtown Macaulay & Co Gallery on the second floor of 360 Seymour Street as a prelude to a September feast in his home of Alert Bay. There the forty ceremonial masks were featured in a spectacular dance, the epic story of K’wak’wabalas.

The Vancouver Sun’s Kevin Griffin wrote more in a lengthy article on August 10 2012. You can find the piece at

Lateisha Fazakas, a longtime employee at the Douglas Reynolds Gallery of First Nations art on Vancouver’s south Granville Street, has left the gallery and is working on a documentary film about Beau Dick. See an intro to the project on YouTube at