For as long as he can remember, George Pennier has had an interest in Northwest Coast native art. His career as an artist began in his early teens.
Though he is largely self-taught, he attended a carving and design class in 1980 offered by Tony Hunt, the renowned Kwakwaka’wakw Artist. Pennier also studied under the guidance of Floyd Joseph and Stan Greene and apprenticed with Beau Dick and Francis Horne. His work is known for its refinement and intricate detail.
Currently, George Pennier works mainly in wood, creating masks bowls and plaques, although he has released several silkscreen prints and paints original work occasionally. He also began teaching workshops on Northwest Coast native art and design. Pennier’s is internationally renowned and can be found in collections throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan.