Ben Davidson was born to a long lineage of highly respected Haida artists, and was the son of Robert Davidson, the foremost Northwest Coast artist alive today. Although unusual according to Haida tradition, Ben formerly apprenticed to his father, finishing his four years of training in 1998.
In addition to working with his father, Davidson learned much from his uncle, Reg Davidson, also a highly regarded and established Haida artist. Ben’s first commercial works were part of a group exhibition at the Douglas Reynolds Gallery in 2001. He worked in a variety of media and scale including delicately carved jewelry, cedar masks and panels, paper and forton casts, and monumental totem poles. In 2006 a large carved cedar Chief's Seat was included in the hugely popular exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery "Raven Travelling: Two Centuries of Haida Art". Davidson has also carved a totem pole for the world famous British Artist, Damien Hirst.
Davidson was very much involved in the art and ceremony of the Haida, he was one of the first members of the Rainbow Creek Dancers, a Haida dance group established by Robert and Reg Davidson.