Phil Gray

Philip Gray was born and raised in Vancouver and has been carving since 1999. He is a member of the Killer Whale clan, creating the majority of his works in his traditional Tsimshian style. As a young carver, his work possesses an unusual sophistication. Phil’s work is some of the most creative, innovative and paradoxically traditional art in the contemporary Northwest Coast art world.  


Gray learned his carving skills from Gerry Sheena, and worked with artists Mike Dangeli, David Boxley, Henry Green, Lyle Campbell and Ian Reid. He also had the opportunity to study Advanced Design under renowned Haida artist, Robert Davidson. He has specialized in carving masks, panels, poles, sculptures and drums. Although his earlier work was made in more generalized Northern design principles, through study and practice he has developed a distinct Tsimshian style. At the opening for the New York Museum of Arts and Design exhibition “Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2,’’ Phil stated that his goal was to “bring Tsimshian art to another level.” While Gray carves for the commercial market, he also produces works for use by his own family. He distinguishes between the two in his art using more general versions of old stories for commercial work and more specific stories for work that will be used in dance or ceremony.

  

In 2012, one of his pieces was featured in the exhibition, "Shore, Forest, and Beyond" at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Most recently, Phil was awarded the BC Creative Achievement Award in Aboriginal Art from the Government of British Columbia in 2014.

4 items

Formless
Phil Gray (Tsimshian)

Edition /75Available framed for $775 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.

Edition /75Available framed for $775 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.

$350.00

Killerwhale
Phil Gray (Tsimshian)

Edition /120Available framed for $750 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Killer Whales are ...

Edition /120Available framed for $750 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, killer whales are often thought to be the reincarnations of great chiefs and are associated with wealth, unity and travel. Some prominent characteristic traits of Killer Whale are a rounded snout, blowhole, a dorsal fin, pectoral fins and a tail7

$250.00

Lagigyet
Phil Gray (Tsimshian)

Edition /75Available framed for $900 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Eagle is one of the...

Edition /75Available framed for $900 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.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 well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usu­ally noble characters. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Groups of mythical Eagles may gather for co-operative whale hunting expeditions, since, unlike the gian...

$450.00

Seal and Salmon Panel
Phil Gray (Tsimshian)

Edition 9/12Rust Brown PatinaSalmon and Seals are among the most recognizable sea creatures on th...

Edition 9/12Rust Brown PatinaSalmon and Seals are among the most recognizable sea creatures on the Northwest Coast. Seals often represent wealth and plenty, while Salmon represent perseverance and regeneration.

$8,500.00