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Thomas Cannell is a Coast Salish artist born on Musqueam traditional territory in 1980. He has always lived amongst his family on the Musqueam Reserve in Vancouver BC, and has been immersed in the long-established art and cultural traditions of his ancestors.
Thomas has worked alongside his mother Coast Salish artist Susan Point, spending years training and honing his skills as a carver and designer. Beginning his career as a young apprentice carver, he worked on many large-scale public art works, beginning at the age of 15.
Thomas has attended Langara College, studying many aspects of art, ranging from art history, to photography, electronic media and graphic design. Thomas attended the College of the Rockies and graduated from Capilano University's Tourism Program, reflecting his passion for the environment and his belief in the importance of eco friendly tourism and sustainability.
He enjoys the challenge and experience of working with every medium that he chooses; nevertheless, his primary interest is in working with wood and perfecting his chainsaw technique, as he finds every characteristic of woodwork irresistible. He has said that everything stems from pencil and paper though, so he spends a lot of time designing.
In 2014, Thomas was awarded a British Columbia Achievement Award for First Nations Art and is a board member on the British Columbia Arts Council. His public artworks can be found throughout the lower mainland.
Edition /115Available framed for $900 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Thunderbird is the...
Edition /115Available framed for $900 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Thunderbird is the illustrious ancestor and crest of many prominent human lineages. Large enough to hunt whales, the Thunderbird is a powerful being associated with power, change and the sky in myths throughout the Northwest Coast. Often depicted with a sharply hooked beak, horns and large ears and is sometimes represented as having teeth.Human heroes and human-like personifications of sun and wind are common in No...
Edition 25/40Available framed for $700 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Raven is central ...
Edition 25/40Available framed for $700 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adventures at the beginning of time-released the sun and the moon and brought the world into existence. Raven is identified by its straight beak and lack of ears or plumage on the head.
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