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Luke Marston has grown up in a family of artists and has been carving since he was a child. Both his parents, Jane and David Marston, are experienced carvers who provided Luke with an introduction to the art and skill of carving.
When first working Marston sought guidance from Nisga'a carver Wayne Young, who taught him about giving his pieces detail and a level of finish. Simon Charlie has also been an influential teacher and, in 1999, Marston assisted him in the creation of four house posts for a public school in Seattle. In the same year, the two of them aided Sean Whonnock and Johnathan Henderson in the carving and raising of a 25-foot totem pole at the Royal British Columbia Museum's Thunderbird Park.
Marston's style is characterized as bold and dramatic, combining a deep knowledge of Coast Salish heritage with his personal aesthetic. Recently, Marston was showcased in two major exhibitions: "Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2" and "Transporters: Tradition and Innovation", at the New York Museum of Arts and the Victoria Art Gallery, respectively. In addition to his wood carving Luke enjoys the medium of silver for expressing the legends and designs of the Coast Salish people.
Edition of 12 This bronze depicts the Killer Whale (Orca) with a Wolf transformation design on th...
Edition of 12 This bronze depicts the Killer Whale (Orca) with a Wolf transformation design on the tail. There is also a human representation within the blowhole. "The orca has the ability to transform back and forth from wolf to whale to hunt the land and the ocean. Both creatures travel in packs. If you had an orca as a spirit guide you would be a great fisherman. If you had a wolf as a spirit guide you’d be a great hunter." - Luke Marston
Edition 3/12Measurements do not include base.This cast edition of 12 is a portion of Marston's br...
Edition 3/12Measurements do not include base.This cast edition of 12 is a portion of Marston's bronze installation in Stanley Park which stands at the site of the artist's family’s ancestral village site X̲wáýx̲way and commemorates the history of his ancestors, Portuguese Joe and his first and second Salish wives, Khaltinaht and Kwatleemaat. Marston is the great-great-grandson of Portuguese Joe and Kwatleemaat.
This sculpture tells the story of an infamous Salish Salmon Charmer. The fisherman, although blin...
This sculpture tells the story of an infamous Salish Salmon Charmer. The fisherman, although blind, knew of the most fruitful fishing spots. This piece was carved from old growth red cedar. The three salmon are carved from the same log as the charmer and the base. The removable rattle held in the figure’s left hand is carved from yellow cedar and is fully functional. Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. C...
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