Don Yeomans

Don Yeomans is one of the most established and respected Northwest Coast artists in Canada. Born of a Haida father from Masset and a Métis mother from Slave Lake, Alberta, Yeomans has studied and worked in the Haida Style since his youth.

Yeomans first apprenticed under the expert guidance of his aunt Freda Diesing in the early 1970’s. In 1976, shortly after attending art school at Vancouver Community College, Yeomans worked under Robert Davidson on the Charles Edenshaw Memorial Longhouse, a monumental project that unfortunately burnt down several years later. Over decades of work he has mastered formline design, the basic visual language of Haida art. He often works with non-traditional materials like bronze and Forton (a gypsum resin). As Yeomans states: "Those who understand [formline] and can design, have a limitless potential" (From Raven Travelling)

Yeomans' art can be found in numerous private and public collections. In 2003 Don carved a 40 foot pole for Stanford University chronicling the story of the Stanford son. In 2008 he carved a 20 foot totem for the McMichael Gallery's permanent collection which interwove traditional iconography and totemic animals with different modern modes of communication including a cell phone, laptop and an MP3 player.

Yeomans has hosted several solo shows, one in 1998 and one in 2007, both at the Douglas Reynolds Gallery. In 2005 a totem pole he carved for British artist Damien Hirst was included in the Raven Traveling show at the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2006 Don was commissioned to carve two 34 foot totem poles for the new wing of the Vancouver International Airport, which were raised in 2008. In 2012 he was part of the show "Modern Family", hosted by the Douglas Reynolds Gallery; it featured work from Trace Yeomans, his wife, and their children, Kyran and Crystal Yeomans.

19 items

Bear Family Copper
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Edition 11/12Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially whe...

Edition 11/12Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially when standing on their hind legs, bridging the human and non-human realms. Their strength and intelligence are universally respected and they are considered to be helping spirits of warriors. Bear is often depicted with a short snout, round paws, stubby tail and bared teeth.

$15,000.00

Divide and Conquer
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Edition / 99Available framed for $1400 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.

Edition / 99Available framed for $1400 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.

$1,000.00

Eagle and Bear Tiles
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Edition /50 Each tile measures 14 ½" H x 14 ¾" W x 1 ½" D Available individually for $2,400 CAD u...

Edition /50 Each tile measures 14 ½" H x 14 ¾" W x 1 ½" D Available individually for $2,400 CAD unframed and $2,800 CAD framed Shown in a 3 x 3 configuration with a matte black patina. Available in various patinas and configurations. Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is respected for its intel­ligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usu­ally no...

$21,600.00

Eagle and Frog Tiles
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Edition /50Each tile measures 20" H x 20" WShown in a 3 x 3 configuration with a matte black pati...

Edition /50Each tile measures 20" H x 20" WShown in a 3 x 3 configuration with a matte black patina. Available in various patinas and configurations.Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is respected for its intel­ligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usu­ally noble characters. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Groups of mythical Eagles may ga...

$16,000.00

Eagle Necklace
Don Yeomans (Haida)

1988Chain measures 18" LEagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the...

1988Chain measures 18" LEagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is respected for its intel­ligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usu­ally noble characters. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Groups of mythical Eagles may gather for co-operative whale hunting expeditions, since, unlike the giant Thunderbird, Eagle is not strong enough to hunt whal...

$15,000.00

Frog Sculpture
Don Yeomans (Haida)

This item is available to order only. Please email or call the gallery if you would like more inf...

This item is available to order only. Please email or call the gallery if you would like more information. Dimensions do not include the base.Base: 6" HFrogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and the ability to traverse worlds. As the primary spirit helpers of shamans, frogs are communicators and often represent the voice of the people. Frogs were often carved at the top of totem poles to symbolize the communication of warnings or impending danger. Fro...

$60,000.00

Frog Tile
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Edition /50Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and t...

Edition /50Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and the ability to traverse worlds. As the primary spirit helpers of shamans, frogs are communicators and often represent the voice of the people. Frogs were often carved at the top of totem poles to symbolize the communication of warnings or impending danger. Frog is generally given large eyes, prominent lips with a projecting tongue and webbed feet.

$2,000.00

Frog Tile
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Edition /50Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and t...

Edition /50Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and the ability to traverse worlds. As the primary spirit helpers of shamans, frogs are communicators and often represent the voice of the people. Frogs were often carved at the top of totem poles to symbolize the communication of warnings or impending danger. Frog is generally given large eyes, prominent lips with a projecting tongue and webbed feet.

$2,000.00

Frog Tile
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Edition /50Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and t...

Edition /50Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and the ability to traverse worlds. As the primary spirit helpers of shamans, frogs are communicators and often represent the voice of the people. Frogs were often carved at the top of totem poles to symbolize the communication of warnings or impending danger. Frog is generally given large eyes, prominent lips with a projecting tongue and webbed feet.

$2,000.00

Glass Totem Pole
Don Yeomans (Haida)

This is the prototype for an outdoor lit glass totem pole that Douglas worked on with Don Yeomans...

This is the prototype for an outdoor lit glass totem pole that Douglas worked on with Don Yeomans (Haida). Future commissions of this type could be completed with a different artist.

$60,000.00

Killer Whale Bracelet
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, ki...

Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, killer whales are often thought to be the reincarnations of great chiefs and are associated with wealth, unity and travel. Some prominent characteristic traits of Killer Whale are a rounded snout, blowhole, a dorsal fin, pectoral fins and a tail.

$1,200.00

Nanasimgit and Whale
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Edition 9/12The story of Nanasimgit has long been told amongst the Haida, and Tsimshian of the No...

Edition 9/12The story of Nanasimgit has long been told amongst the Haida, and Tsimshian of the Northern Northwest Coast. Amongst the Tsimshian, Nanasimgit is known as Gunarhnesemgyet or Gunar. The story tells of a woman being taken by the Killer Whales and made to marry. Nanasimgit ventures to the home of the Killer Whales to retrieve his wife and bring her home (Barbeau 1953: 269-286).

$28,000.00

Octopus and Killer Whale Panel
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Edition 8/12Pewter PatinaOctopus, also known as Devilfish, is a sea spirit helper known for its t...

Edition 8/12Pewter PatinaOctopus, also known as Devilfish, is a sea spirit helper known for its transformational abilities. It is a crest in the Tsimshian Eagle clan and symbolizes wealth in Kwakwaka’wakw mythology.

$10,000.00

Sea Bear
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Edition /5This piece is stored off-site. To arrange a viewing, please contact the gallery directl...

Edition /5This piece is stored off-site. To arrange a viewing, please contact the gallery directly.An encounter with a Sea Bear would not be easily forgotten. Among the Haida people, oral histories sustain the memory of this imposing, magical spirit, with its origins at the beginning of the world. A hybrid animal with features of the whale and bear, the sea bear had all the subtle swiftness of the whale and the predatory power of the bear, carrying the mass and presence of both. Traversing la...

$65,000.00

The Light
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Edition /12

Edition /12

$18,000.00

Totem Pole Commission
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Don Yeomans is one of the most established and respected Northwest Coast artists in Canada. He is...

Don Yeomans is one of the most established and respected Northwest Coast artists in Canada. He is a master carver and has made several important totem poles including a totem to represent communication for the McMichael Museum in Ontario, and a totem to represent flight for the Vancouver Airport (both poles are pictured below). Don is an adaptive artist and is great at incorporating the client and their narrative into the carving of the pole. He would be an excellent option for making a custo...

Welcome Frog Aluminum Gate
Don Yeomans (Haida)

To celebrate our 20th anniversary we approached Don Yeomans to make two special pieces for the ga...

To celebrate our 20th anniversary we approached Don Yeomans to make two special pieces for the gallery. The first was the design for the gallery's red aluminum gate, and the second was for a commemorative bronze edition. For both pieces, Don and Doug chose a frog design. For the door, Don said that he always has liked the friendly look of a frog and sees it as a welcoming figure. For the Bronze, Doug liked the association of Frogs with good luck, which appears in many cultures. On the opening...

Welcoming Frog
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Edition /5Early in 2015, the gallery commissioned Haida artist Don Yeomans to create an original ...

Edition /5Early in 2015, the gallery commissioned Haida artist Don Yeomans to create an original free-standing aluminum sculpture. Called Welcoming Frog the sculpture is made of powder-coated aluminum and can be mounted either indoors or outdoors. On the design, Don said that he has always liked the friendly look of the frog and sees it as a welcoming figure.As a commission, the remaining edition of the Welcoming Frog is available in various sizes and colours. Please email or call the gallery...

$40,000.00