Chancellor's Chair and Ceremonial Furnishings University of Victoria

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View Detail Lectern and Chancellor Chair back carvings Tlingit style; Project Coordinator
View Artist John Livingston
Adopted Kwagu't, Kwakwaka'wakw
Born in Vancouver in 1951, John became close friends with the Hunt family upon moving to Victoria at an early age. He began his career as a carver training with Tony Hunt and Henry Hunt at the Royal B.C. Museum. In 1971 the Hunt family formally adopted John into the Kwagu't/Kwakwaka'wakw culture. John is a superb carver and teacher who has completed major commissions as an independent artist and also with most of the leading contemporary Northwest Coast artists. John Livingston was the driving force in the brilliant design and execution of the ceremonial furniture. He has also organized and developed numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally.

John is a prolific artist who is highly acclaimed and best known for masks, bentwood boxes, frontlets, silkscreen prints, totem poles and monumental sculptures. Northern or Tlingit style is often the preferred visual vocabulary of John Livingston. The back of the Chancellor's chair takes the form of a Copper, symbol of status and wealth in Northwest Coast cultures, with three Eagle chief's frontlets carved in the upper section of the chair. John has also chosen the Eagle iconography for the bentwood box design lectern base and ingeniously used a standing Eagle with outspread wings for the actual lectern. The inlaid operculum of both Chancellor's Chair and Lectern base and inlaid copper of the chairback design as well as the actual shape of the copper for the back of the chair all have chiefly attributes.
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