Jay Simeon

Jay Simeon was born in 1976 in Fort McLeod, Alberta. His mother is Blackfoot and his father is Haida from the now-abandoned village of Kiusta, he is of the Kaawaas branch of the Sdast’a.aas Eagle clan. Simeon spent his early childhood with his mother in Alberta, before moving to Vancouver with his father.

Simeon apprenticed under his aunt, Haida Artist Sharon Hitchcock when he was fourteen and learned jewellery-making with Dwayne Simeon. He continued studying Northwest Coast design through books and visits to museums.

Simeon's excellence in design has been applied to different materials, producing serigraphs, sculpture, masks and panels. He is an accomplished carver in multiple scales and mediums and it is in his jewellery that he has established himself at the forefront of Northwest Coast design. His work in gold, silver, bone and argillite incorporate a variety of techniques in order to create some of the most intricate and beautifully carved jewelry in the Northwest Coast art world. His care for detail, coupled with a strong ability for design, makes his among the best and most exciting work of his generation.  

12 items

Bear Cufflinks
Jay Simeon (Haida)

Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially when standing on ...

Bear 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.

$13,000.00

Bear Totem Pendant
Jay Simeon (Haida)

Edition 4/5Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially when s...

Edition 4/5Bear 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.

$5,500.00

Beaver Totem Pendant
Jay Simeon (Haida)

Edition 4/5Beaver is a significant crest figure on the Northwest Coast. Beaver is known as an eld...

Edition 4/5Beaver is a significant crest figure on the Northwest Coast. Beaver is known as an elder who keeps to themselves and only gets involved in the affairs of others if they are important. Beavers are known as the builders of the lodges and homes that support the family unit. In one story the first ancestral Beaver was a woman while in other stories Beaver is one of Raven’s uncles. They are very industrious and territorial animals. Beaver is often depicted with pronounced front teeth, s...

$5,500.00

Butterfly Bracelet
Jay Simeon (Haida)

Butterfly is increasingly popular today in Northwest Coast art. In some stories Butterfly is Rave...

Butterfly is increasingly popular today in Northwest Coast art. In some stories Butterfly is Raven’s companion, acting as a scout who leads Raven to food sources and uncovers hiding spots.

$15,000.00

Deep Sea Frog Pendant
Jay Simeon (Haida)

Edition /9"As a creature that lives in two worlds, water and land, the frog is revered for its ad...

Edition /9"As a creature that lives in two worlds, water and land, the frog is revered for its adaptability, knowledge and power to traverse worlds and inhabit diverse realms, both natural and supernatural. Frogs are the primary spirit helper of shamans" (Shearar 2000:48). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols

$6,500.00

Frog Pendant
Jay Simeon (Haida)

Abalone bale ¼" longFrogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformat...

Abalone bale ¼" longFrogs 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.

$1,300.00

Frog Pendant
Jay Simeon (Haida)

Abalone bale 1/4" long.Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transfor...

Abalone bale 1/4" long.Frogs 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.

$2,600.00

Frog Stud Earrings
Jay Simeon (Haida)

Throughout the Northwest Coast, frogs are closely associated with the power of transformation and...

Throughout the Northwest Coast, frogs are closely associated with the power of transformation and are the primary spirit helpers of shamans. For this reason, frogs can often be seen emerging from the ears or mouths of creatures that have both human and animal elements. In Northwest Coast mythology the divisions between humans and animals are not clearly defined. Ancestral stories often speak of supernatural beings assuming different forms.

$3,200.00

Hl Kyan Kustaan (Frog)
Jay Simeon (Haida)

Edition /91Available framed for $850 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Frogs are both soci...

Edition /91Available framed for $850 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Frogs 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 a...

$450.00

Moon Pendant
Jay Simeon (Haida)

"Moon controls the tides and illuminates the dark night. Moon is also associated with transformat...

"Moon controls the tides and illuminates the dark night. Moon is also associated with transformation and is widely regarded as an important protector and guardian spirit. Because of the powers of Moon, shamans sometimes call upon it as a spirit guide...Moon appears in the mythology of all Northwest Coast nations, though Moon's origin varies from story to story, even within one culture...Moon is characterized as a rounded face with relatively flat features, often those of a human or bird...Rav...

$6,000.00

Rainbow Woman Pendant
Jay Simeon (Haida)

Edition 2/12Rainbow Woman (tuul jaad) is one of many Northwest Coast magical beings of the land a...

Edition 2/12Rainbow Woman (tuul jaad) is one of many Northwest Coast magical beings of the land and sky. She is considered one of the greatest of these beings and is a figure of hope and strength.

$7,500.00

Raven with a Broken Beak Pendant
Jay Simeon (Haida)

The bezel includes forty 5pt diamonds.Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a...

The bezel includes forty 5pt diamonds.Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adventures at the beginning of time released the sun and the moon and brought the world into existence. Raven is identified by its straight beak and lack of ears or plumage on the head.

$15,000.00