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Born 1963, Git-a-maat, BC
Burton Amos is a Haisla/Tsimshian visual artist from Kitimaat, a port town on the northern coast of British Columbia. Amos studied lighting and independent indigenous digital filmmaking at Capilano University. While he lives and works as a fulltime documentary and independent filmmaker in Vancouver, he is also an accomplished artist, working in poetry and carving.
Amos has worked in visual and literary mediums, having created art and poetry for most of his life. It was after meeting Philip Gray, an established Tsimshian artist, that he became more heavily invested in Northwest Coast Native Art. In the course of working in multiple media forms, Amos has come to specialize in prints, regalia, masks, and totems. His poetry works have culminated in a 14 year long book project, which is to accompany his completed artworks.
Amos' work, in its many forms, is driven to preserve the languages and traditions of Haisla/Tsimshian culture. His work has been the subject of several exhibitions at commercial galleries throughout Vancouver.