David Neel

David Neel is a professional photographer, artist and writer. He works in a number of media, including wood sculpture, photography, printmaking, glass, precious metals, and painting. He has received formal training at the University of Kansas and at Mount Royal College, Alberta.

His family influences include his father, David Neel Sr., his uncle, Mungo Martin, his grandmother, Ellen Neel, and his grandfather Charlie James. He uses the work of his ancestors as the starting point for his own artistic impression.

Neel developed a career as a professional photographer in Texas before returning to Canada in the early 1990s, overseeing two important projects: documenting works and representations of First Nations elders, and the other advocating for the revival of the Northwest Coast great dugout canoe. 

David Neel works within the “tradition” of Kwakwaka'wakw art, in addition to contemporary works, which deal with current history. Neel’s photography appears in magazines and posters, as well as in museums and galleries internationally. He has had solo exhibitions at the Smithsonian, the UBC Museum of Anthropology, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada. Neel has also authored two books on native culture and is planning on a third. 


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Broken Promises
David Neel (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Edition 74/75Available framed for $700 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.This print is a t...

Edition 74/75Available framed for $700 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.This print is a tribute to those who supported the Standing Rock Souix in their struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The central photograph in the print is Chief Red Cloud, who fought against the US military starting in 1866 in what was known as “Red Cloud’s War.”

$300.00

Otter Bracelet
David Neel (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Otter is intelligent, resourceful and agile, and is among the most playful of all creatures. Otte...

Otter is intelligent, resourceful and agile, and is among the most playful of all creatures. Otter images often serve as symbols of laughter and light-heartedness on the Northwest Coast.

$1,200.00

Salmon Bracelet
David Neel (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbol of regeneration, health and life. M...

Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbol of regeneration, health and life. Many myths tell of people taken to the undersea world of the Salmon and return with secret knowledge and powers. Salmon have always been viewed as the life force for Indigenous communities. Salmon is often represented by scales, small fins and striated tail fin.

$900.00

Wolf Ring
David Neel (Kwakwaka'wakw)

The Wolf is respected for its strength, agility, intelligence, and capacity for devotion. Wolf is...

The Wolf is respected for its strength, agility, intelligence, and capacity for devotion. Wolf is sometimes an agent of transformation and is a popular figure in crest, story, and shamanic art. Wolf is usually portrayed with a long snout, bushy tail, and prominent paws.

$700.00