Joshua Prescott-Shaw

Joshua Prescott was born in Victoria, BC, though his cultural background is Saskatchewan Cree. He has lived in Victoria for over half of his life, but has traveled across and lived throughout Canada with his family. 

Prescott’s high school taught native art to aboriginal students who took an interest to it. There, Prescott was taught by Victor Newman, a Kwakwaka’wakw artist from Fort Rupert. During this period, Joshua was also mentored by his uncle, Greg Prescott, who carves in the Northwest Coast style. In 2000, Prescott was awarded the graduation prize and top honours as the outstanding aboriginal art student for the entire region.

Victor Newman introduced Prescott to John Livingston, hoping that Joshua would apprentice with him. Prescott has now been working under and assisting John Livingston since. During this time, Prescott has worked on projects for such artists as Calvin Hunt, Eugene Hunt, Art Thompson and Rande Cook.

With expertise in detail carving, Joshua creates a wide range of works, including masks, rattles, drums, canoe paddles and panels in a variety of woods.

4 items

Human and Bear Paddle
Joshua Prescott-Shaw (Cree)

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.Human heroes and human-like personifications of sun and wind are common in Northwest Coast iconography. Human faces hidden in other crests rev...

$4,500.00

Eagle and Bear Paddle
Joshua Prescott-Shaw (Cree)

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.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...

$7,000.00

Transformation Bentwood Bowl
Joshua Prescott-Shaw (Cree)

"People respect the wolf for its strength, agility, intelligence and capacity for devotion...Wolf...

"People respect the wolf 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 serves as an inspiration and a charm for hunters and fishers, and skilled hunters often have Wolf spirit guides." (Shearar 2000:115). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols

$5,000.00

Killer Whale and Bear Paddle
Joshua Prescott-Shaw (Cree)

Paddle stand available for $300 CAD. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for fabrication. Contact the galle...

Paddle stand available for $300 CAD. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for fabrication. Contact the gallery directly to order a stand.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.Killer Whales ar...

$7,000.00