Oct 142015

Connie Watts, Tectonic Shift
YVR Drum Auction and Event
Photo: Bill McLellan

The Vancouver Airport Art Foundation annually offers a number of scholarship and grant programs to support aboriginal artists in British Columbia, and now the Yukon.

To help support the programs, the YVRAF is holding a fundraising event focussed on an auction of drums which have been painted by notable First Nations artists. Among these are Luke Parnell, Latham Mack, Reggie Davidson, Sonny Assu, Dempsey Bob and others.

The finely-crafted drums were crafted for the artists by Brenda Crabtree, artist and Aboriginal Program Manager at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and artist Lawrence Lowe.

After October 15, bids for the drums can be made online. The bidding reaches a climax at a social event on November 3, 2015.

For more information, and images of the drums, see


Sep 052015

Al Cole, Oyster Catcher Rattle Gift of Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron, McMichael Canadian Art Collection

A major collection of Canadian art can be seen in the beautiful Ontario countryside northwest of Toronto. From its beginning the museum has included works by Canada’s aboriginal peoples.

The northwest coast collection of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection has recently been much enriched by a gift from Torontonians Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron. Transforming Spirit: The Cameron/Bredt Collection of Contemporary Northwest Coast Art is an exhibition of 49 works donated from this private collection. It will open on September 19, 2015, and run until February 15, 2016. Among the artists whose works are exhibited are Dempsey Bob, Joe David, Freda Diesing and Art Thompson.

For more information, see: http://www.mcmichael.com

Aug 052015
man at podium holding drum

Drum designed by Dempsey Bob, painting assisted by Danika Nolie Photo: Ann Cameron

Stuart Rush, Chair of the YVR Art Foundation, shows a Drum to be auctioned as a fundraising project to support the Youth Scholarship fund of the YVR Art Foundation.

The drum was designed by Dempsey Bob and painted by his assistant Danika Nolie. Photographs of the drums painted by outstanding Northwest Coast artists will be posted and online bidding will ensue over several weeks, until the final day November 3, 2015.

More information coming soon.

Jul 012014

Dempsey Bob, Bear Mother, 2012 Photo: Ann Cameron

North, an exhibition of 18 artworks by Dempsey Bob, at the Equinox Gallery in Vancouver, has attracted the attention and admiration of the media and of collectors. The show runs until July 5, 2014.


The artist, the Senior Advisor at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art in Terrace BC, has received many honours: a recent Honourary Doctor of Letters degree at the University of British Columbia, and last year, Officer of the Order of Canada.





Dec 082012
 Warrior’s Eagle, Dempsey Bob  Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver

Warrior’s Eagle, Dempsey Bob
Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver

The Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver is displaying a sculpture by Tahltan/Tlingit artist Dempsey Bob and Shannon Wafer, a Maori carver. The proceeds of the sale of this work will raise money for a scholarship fund in memory of Maori artist Ben Tepene Mamaku, an ongoing project. See http://www.spiritwrestler.com

Aug 052011
Master Tahltan-Tlingit artist Dempsey Bob

Master Tahltan-Tlingit artist Dempsey Bob

Master Tahltan-Tlingit artist Dempsey Bob has received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Athabaska University, in recognition of the historical and cultural significance of his art and his commitment to the preservation of his First Nations heritage. He has taught in many positions in western Canada and Alaska, and has the lead role in the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art which he founded in 2006 as part of the Northwest Community College, at its Terrace BC campus. Bob’s work is in major collections: the Canadian Museum of Civilization, UBC’s Museum of Anthropology, the Smithsonian Institution and the Vancouver International Airport,

Ken McNeil and Stan Bevan, and now Dean Heron, are the other faculty instructors in the program; Freda Diesing was the Haida artist who instructed and inspired many artists in the decades before her death in 2002.