Margaret August

Margaret August is a Two-Spirited, Coast Salish artist from Shíshálh Nation. Margaret was born in 1983 in the traditional unceded Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories, now referred to as Victoria B.C. Margaret’s work is inspired by their traditional teachings and encounters with nature. Margaret originally began developing their artistic talents at an early age. They carried on with their visual art practice as they became an adult. Some of their artistic influences include renowned artists such as Susan Point, Mark Preston, and Butch Dick. Margaret has been showing work in group art shows since 2011, by taking the necessary time to grow as an artist while developing their own style, and in their business skills.

In 2019, Margaret started working with further training under the guidance and mentorship of fellow Coast Salish Artist, Dylan Thomas to sharpen their skill set towards advancement in Salish art and design. This has led to creating art in multiple mediums such as serigraph/giclee prints, glass, cedar sandblasted pieces and more. Margaret is committed to their art practice as they believe it is their life’s purpose.

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Salmon People
Margaret August (Salish)

Edition /140 Available Framed for $650 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. "Salmon People i...

Edition /140 Available Framed for $650 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. "Salmon People is a limited edition screen print by Margaret August. The design shows a Coast Salish house post with the face of the moon at the top. The lower part of the design pays tribute to the artist's homeland, where salmon migrate in unison, ensuring prosperity and abundance.House posts were often intricately carved to reflect the values and standing of the home. Margaret adds, "Coast Salish traditions ha...

$250.00

Whorl of Transformation
Margaret August (Salish)

Edition /100 Available Framed for $625 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. "This design dep...

Edition /100 Available Framed for $625 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. "This design depicts salmons, with an asymmetrical moon face, inspired by a spindle whorl artifact. Margaret says that salmon, like all animal medicine have a spiritual meaning and some of the main themes you can find with salmon medicine is abundance, fertility, prosperity and renewal. Traditionally, Coast Salish spindle whorls are used by women, and their ability to produce beautiful textiles which had social a...

$225.00

Sky Above
Margaret August (Salish)

Edition /50 Available Framed for $600 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. Indigenous artwor...

Edition /50 Available Framed for $600 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a ...

$200.00

Good Tidings
Margaret August (Salish)

Edition /100 Available Framed for $600 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. “Good tidings” d...

Edition /100 Available Framed for $600 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. “Good tidings” depicts a contemporary otter design inspired by traditional Coast Salish house posts. Originally a canvas painting, Margaret felt compelled to create a contemporary piece in their work after reviewing photographs of house post artifacts. House posts typically show mythical creatures associated with family history, notable ancestors, events which displayed ancestors' spirit powers, or magical privil...

$200.00

Strength in Power Bentwood Box
Margaret August (Salish)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions. Thunderbird ...

$1,800.00

Sacred Gender
Margaret August (Salish)

Edition /100 Available framed for $700 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. "Sacred Gender i...

Edition /100 Available framed for $700 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. "Sacred Gender is symbolized by Two-Spirit people within Indigenous cultures in North America. Two-Spirit people embody the perfect balance of a male and female spirit. Today, the Two-Spirit term is best described to (self) identify gender variance, or being queer and gender queer to name a few. In community, their roles are ceremonial and may vary anywhere from being shamans, to dream interpreters, artists to we...

$200.00

Thunderbird Bentwood Box
Margaret August (Salish)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions. Thunderbird ...

$1,800.00

Coming Home
Margaret August (Salish)

Edition /100 Available framed for $550 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. In “Coming Home”...

Edition /100 Available framed for $550 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. In “Coming Home” there are four moon faces, each in a different quadrant. To Margaret August, moons are symbolic of the female energies and the matrimonial lineage. The moon connects her spiritually to her heritage. Margaret says, "this image translates the grandmother's guidance to yourself and to your homelands."

$150.00