Name: Tom Hunt
Tribal Affiliation: Kwakwaka’wakw
Birthplace: Victoria, BC
Tom D. Hunt is the son of Chief George Hunt and Mary Hunt, and is a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation. Hunt began apprenticing in traditional Kwakwaka’wakw art at the age of twelve with his father, later working with his brother, George Hunt Jr. In his teenage years, Hunt spent lots of time in Campbell River working with his maternal grandfather, the late Sam Henderson. It was during this time that he learned the artist style of the ‘Nakwaxda’xw nation from Blunden Harbour.
In 1983, he moved to the northern tip of Vancouver Island where he worked as an assistant to Uncle Calvin Hunt, the owner of the Cooper Maker Gallery. It was here that Hunt developed into a versatile and accomplished artist. Hunt has also been an assistant carver to Susan Point on many of her large scale sculptures. Proving his broad skills, his work ranges from massive wood sculptures to smaller detailed works.