Barry Scow was born in the village of Alert Bay, BC, an area famous for its long-standing tradition of producing and nurturing powerful carvers. His grandfather was a Chief and as a result of this, Scow grew up with a strong sense of his cultural heritage. His grandfather was also the first British Columbia Court Judge of Native origin.
For several years, Scow apprenticed under Beau Dick, one of the most prominent carvers on the Northwest Coast. Exhibiting great determination to become an accomplished carver, Scow has emerged as an important talent and is now carving powerful and finely crafted masks. Besides his fine carving, Scow also produces limited edition prints. Currently he is the only artist focusing solely on Transformation and other articulated masks.
Scow has exhibited the discipline and determination to become one of the Northwest Coast’s prominent Kwakwaka'wakw artists.