Phil Janze

Phil Janzé began working in metal at the age of thirteen, while in Bella Bella. After seeing Stanley George working in silver, Janzé began to engrave seine boats and seagulls on beaten-out dimes and quarters. After graduating from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Janzé became serious about exploring his talent for jewellery. In 1971, in Hazelton, Vernon Stephens lent Janzé some engraving tools and designs. During 1972, while living in Vancouver, Janzé was inspired by two outstanding jewelry artists, Norman Tait and Gerry Marks.

Janzé had already been producing many quality pieces when he was invited to participate in a jewellery program at the Goldsmith’s Hall of London, England, along with other Northwest Coast artists.

Besides working in gold and silver Phil Janzé has produced work in ivory, bone, and mountain goat horn, as well as silkscreen prints and wood carvings. Janzé has been recognized the world over for his elegant and provocative works of art. He is represented in public and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, Germany, and Japan. His art is in many renowned private collections around the world. He is acknowledged as a Master of the Northwest Coast Artform.

4 items

Hawk Pin/Pendant
Phil Janze (Gitxsan)

Edition 4/10   Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and a...

Edition 4/10   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 description...

$9,500.00

Killer Whale Bracelet
Phil Janze (Gitxsan)

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.Killer Whale ...

$2,000.00

Killer Whale Pendant
Phil Janze (Gitxsan)

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.Killer Whale ...

$900.00

Napkin Ring
Phil Janze (Gitxsan)

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.In oral tradi...

$800.00