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.

17 items

The Light
Don Yeomans (Haida)

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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

Wolf and Moon Tiles
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Edition /50Each tile measures 18″ H x 18" WShown in a configuration of 3 x 3. Available in variou...

Edition /50Each tile measures 18″ H x 18" WShown in a configuration of 3 x 3. Available in various patinas and custom configurations.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.Moon is associated with peace and transformation and is also widely regarded as a protector an...

$28,000.00