Ses Saunders

Ses Saunders comes from a long line of Nuxalk carvers. His father Skip and grandfather Arthur “Silyas” Saunders are both self-taught accomplished carvers. Arthur was a former Native Artist Fellowship award recipient from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Ses’ great grandfather, Joe Saunders, was a legendary boat and canoe builder.

Ses Saunders has had the advantage of being taught by his father Skip. He learned the fundamental skills of carving at a young age and by the time he was 12, he was already selling artwork directly to local customers. By 14 he was represented in Bella Coola galleries and in the short years since, he has been awarded the YVR Art Foundation Youth Artist Scholarship. The work of art he created in 2017 will be on display in the YVR airport and he is the youngest recipient of the award by four years.

Ses is currently working as an apprentice with renown Haida artist Robert Davidson. Davidson is helping Ses refine his skills with positive and negative space. 

2 items

Eagle Mother Mask
Ses Saunders (Nuxalk)

Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is ...

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 giant Thunderbird, Eagle is not strong enough to hunt whales alone. Eagle may ofte...

$22,000.00

Helping Hands
Ses Saunders (Nuxalk)

Edition /60Available framed for $800 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Bear is a dominant ...

Edition /60Available framed for $800 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.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.

$425.00