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John P. Wilson
Born 1973, Kitimat, BC
John P. Wilson was born in 1973 in Kitimat, BC and comes from the Haisla nation. His crest is Killer Whale. He has lived in Terrace, BC since 1980. Wilson has had a long standing interest in the arts; he remembers being amazed by paintings and regalia at a very young age. In 2002 he learned how to carve. In 2004 he took a course taught by Heber Reece. He has also attended the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast art where he was taught by Stan Bevan, Ken McNeil and Dempsey Bob. His influences are Robert Davidson, Dempsey Bob, Francis Horne Sr, William Kuhnley, Klatle-Bhi and Corey Moraes. His favoured medium is wood but he also works in acrylics and prints. John has had mask commissions with the Spirit of the Kitlope Dance Group from the Haisla nation. The masks, an Eagle, Killer Whale, Beaver and Raven, are used in performances of traditional songs and dances. The Museum of Northern BC has also purchased a Mask for their permanent collection. John has been in several group exhibitions: Stonington Gallery “Masks and Panels” 2008 “Young Artists : the Next Generation” 2009 “Small Treasures of the Northwest Coast” 2009-Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast fine arts “Northern Formlines” 2009 “in Honour of our Ancestors” 2009 -Steinbrueck Gallery “of Myth and Mask” 2009 -Alcheringa Gallery “More than meets the Eye: Masks that Transform us” 2009-Alcheringa Gallery”Peak Aspirations”2010-Stonington Gallery “Haisla Masks” Masks by John Wilson 2010-Spiritwrestler Gallery “Northern Exposure 2010” 2010 Alcheringa Gallery-Spirits of the Sea 2011 .