Val Malesku


Val Malesku was born in British Columbia in 1953 to a Romanian father and a Cree mother. She moved to Haida Gwaii, BC in 1972 where she pursued a variety of occupations including gold prospecting and commercial fishing. She began working with silver and gold in 1981 and perfected her skills in Northwest Coast formline, learning alongside some of the finest contemporary Haida artists, including Bill Reid, and Reg Davidson. Her work and friendship with Reid had an important influence on her art and life. She was active within the Haida culture and ceremony for many decades. 

Malesku was also an accomplished sewer, well known for her button blankets, ceremonial vests and dance regalia. Although she was trained mostly as a jeweller she also worked in wood and paper. In 2012, she won an award through YVR and was commissioned to create a series of street banners that lined the streets on the approach to the Vancouver International Airport. That same year she released her first serigraph edition. The popular print "Salmon Eggs Unleashed" is a Northwest Coast expansion of a "dot" pattern made famous by British Artist Damien Hirst. The print, like all of Malesku's work, is an interesting blend of a modern contemporary aesthetic and the traditional formline of the Haida. 

40 items

Back to the 60's
Val Malesku (Cree)

Edition /60Available framed for $1200 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Moon is associated...

Edition /60Available framed for $1200 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Moon is associated with transformation and is widely regarded as a protector and guardian spirit. In some stories, the Moon originated as a chip of the Sun, which Raven broke into pieces.

$450.00

Butterfly Earrings
Val Malesku (Cree)

Butterfly is increasingly popular today in Northwest Coast art. In some stories Butterfly is Rave...

Butterfly is increasingly popular today in Northwest Coast art. In some stories Butterfly is Raven’s companion, acting as a scout who leads Raven to food sources and uncovers hiding spots.

$170.00

Butterfly Earrings
Val Malesku (Cree)

Butterfly is increasingly popular today in Northwest Coast art. In some stories Butterfly is Rave...

Butterfly is increasingly popular today in Northwest Coast art. In some stories Butterfly is Raven’s companion, acting as a scout who leads Raven to food sources and uncovers hiding spots.

$140.00

Butterfly Earrings
Val Malesku (Cree)

Butterfly is increasingly popular today in Northwest Coast art. In some stories Butterfly is Rave...

Butterfly is increasingly popular today in Northwest Coast art. In some stories Butterfly is Raven’s companion, acting as a scout who leads Raven to food sources and uncovers hiding spots.

$520.00

Dragonflies Glass Panel
Val Malesku (Cree)

Available wall mounted for $2,800 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.

Available wall mounted for $2,800 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.

$2,400.00

Dragonfly Earrings
Val Malesku (Cree)

$160.00

Dragonfly Pendant
Val Malesku (Cree)

$1,600.00

Eagle
Val Malesku (Cree)

Measurements with base: 12" H x 28 ¼" W x 5" DEagle is one of the most important beings in the ar...

Measurements with base: 12" H x 28 ¼" W x 5" DEagle 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 stro...

$2,500.00

Eagle Earrings
Val Malesku (Cree)

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...

$140.00

Eagle Pendant
Val Malesku (Cree)

The bald eagle is common all along the Northwest Coast, while the golden eagle lives mainly in mo...

The bald eagle is common all along the Northwest Coast, while the golden eagle lives mainly in mountainous regions. Eagles are large birds of prey with impressive hunting and fishing skills. 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 spirits are associated ...

$490.00

Eagle Pendant
Val Malesku (Cree)

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...

$85.00

Eagle Pendant
Val Malesku (Cree)

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...

$110.00