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Tlingit, Northern Tutchone
Born 1970, Mayo, Yukon Territory
Eugene Alfred is an artist of Northern Tuchtone and Tlingit heritage. He was born in Mayo, Yukon Territory and is a member of the crow clan from the Selkirk First Nation in Pelly Crossing. Descended from several generations of artists, Eugene first honed his skills as a carver and a painter under the tutelage of his grandparents. Since that time, Eugene has studied with noted artists Dempsey Bob and Ken Mowatt, and spent four years at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art located near Hazelton, BC. He later taught a carving course at the Gitanmaax School. In 1994, he represented Yukon First Nations at the Commonwealth Games. He now works full-time as an artist, and lives in the Whitehorse area.
Eugene Alfred's carvings are distinctive for their elegance; his work is finely carved, and his compositions are balanced, they convey a sense of serenity. This is partly reflective of the influences of traditional Japanese artwork, a visual style that Alfred admires.
Alfred's work has attained international praise, and can be seen displayed in public collections in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, England, the United States, and Canada's National Art Centre in Ottawa. His work is also held privately, such as in that of Emperor of Japan's revered personal collection.