1970 – 2018, b. Penticton, British Columbia
Tom Eneas was born in Penticton, BC in 1970, he moved to Vancouver in 1989 where he lived with his mother, Verna Baker of the Squamish Nation.
In 1991, Eneas began studies in Northwest Coast form and design, branching into painting in 1993. Soon after he began to carve and was fortunate enough to work under the guidance of Kevin Cranmer, a renowned Kwakwaka’wakw carver.
In 1995, Eneas was invited by the Esquimalt Band to re-design and paint their Longhouse. He was also commissioned to carve a totem pole, which now stands in front of the Vancouver Technical School in Vancouver, BC. During the important exhibition, Down from the Shimmering Sky, held at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Eneas participated in the Artist In Residence program.
Today, Eneas’ work, masks and carvings, can be found in private and public galleries and collections around the province of British Columbia.