Chancellor's Chair and Ceremonial Furnishings University of Victoria

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View Detail Legend of the Crawling Wolves, chair back carving
View Artist Art Thompson
Ditidaht, Nuu-chah-Nulth
Art Thompson was born in 1948 in Whyac, a village on the West Coast of Vancouver Island and spent many years on the coast before moving to Victoria. One of the leading Nuu-Chah-Nulth carvers and printmakers of the 20th century, Art Thompson's work is in museums and public buildings worldwide as well as treasured by many private collectors. Through Art Thompson Nuu-Chah-Nulth legends and stories have been expressed and depicted on totem poles, drums, feast dishes, silkscreen prints and monumnetal sculpture. The Legend of the Crawling Wolves is one that Thompson incorporated in a number of carvings as well as a series of silkscreen prints by that title. Until his death early in 2003, Thompson as a member of the Wolf clan, joined traditional themes and carving styles with his contemporary vision. Throughout his life Art Thompson maintained a dedicated involvement in the cultural life of his community and is remembered as an exceptional leader educator and artist.
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