‘Cultural Conflation’ at Richmond Art Gallery

Cultural Conflation

Cultural Conflation

Cultural Conflation

Cultural Conflation

Cultural Conflation

Cultural Conflation

Cultural Conflation

‘Cultural Conflation’ at Richmond Art Gallery October 15, 2016 – December 31, 2016
http://www.richmondartgallery.org/exhibition/cultural-conflation/
Photographs by: Dennis Ha

Canada Council
Shawn would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for their generous support.

Posted on December 6th, 2016

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‘An Agreeable State of Uncertainty’ curated by Stephen Waddell at the Vancouver Art Gallery

An Agreeable State of Uncertainty

‘An Agreeable State of Uncertainty’ curated by Stephen Waddell at the Vancouver Art Gallery June 11- Sept 5 2016
http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_callahan_anagreeablestateofuncertainty.html

Posted on June 14th, 2016

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‘Line as Language’ at Burrard Arts Foundation

Line as Language

Line as Language

‘Line as Language’ at Burrard Arts Foundation May 19- July 2 2016
http://www.burrardarts.org/project/shawn-hunt/

Posted on June 14th, 2016

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Line as Language


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Photo: Paul Hodgson

‘Line As Language’ opens May 19th at Burrard Arts Foundation 108 East Broadway Vancouver B.C.
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Shawn Hunt Uses Art to Tell His Stories
by Alexandra Best | May 11, 2016 | BAF Studio, Recent Posts |

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We spoke with Shawn Hunt, B.C. based Heiltsuk artist, on his upcoming series of paintings, entitled Line as Language.
AB: Where are you based out of?
SH: Currently I’m working on the Sunshine Coast. I’ve spent time in Vancouver recently working in East Van, but I prefer the country life to the city life.

AB: Did you go to school for art?
SH: Yes, I did go to art school. I went to Capilano University when I was in collage. They had an excellent studio art program there at one time. I graduated with a diploma in Studio Art. I then went to the University of British Columbia where I received my BFA. After UBC I continued my education by working with my dad Bradley Hunt who is a renowned Heiltsuk carver and artist. After working with my father I went on to apprentice in painting with Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun for a few years.

AB: Can you tell us a bit about your heritage?
SH: Sure, my father is Heiltsuk from Waglisla, also known as Bella Bella in British Columbia. My mother is from Langham Saskatchewan. Her family is Canadian with Scottish ancestry.

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AB: Do you often work with your family? Is your whole family artistic?
SH: My Dad Bradley Hunt and my brother Dean Hunt are both artists. My mom was a teacher, although now that she is retired, she dabbles in the arts as well. I’m fortunate enough to share a studio with my dad and brother. Sometimes we collaborate with each other formally, and other times informally. We are all very close.

AB: You work with lots of sculpture and painting – what is your preferred medium, and what are the benefits of each?
SH: I also work in jewelry as well. I don’t think I could chose a favourite medium. I like the variety. It keeps me fresh, and I believe it helps me to progress. Each medium informs the other. For this exhibition I am just showcasing my paintings, but I’m also working on another exhibition for later in the year that will be exclusively sculptures.

AB: What themes are you working on in your upcoming show, Line As Language?

SH: I feel like my Heiltsuk culture has always been described as having an oral history, meaning that we did not write down our history, instead we told stories to pass on our history and our mythology. I think just as importantly, we have had a visual culture history. Our art is a language. It is not something that can be directly translated into English, and I think that this just has to be accepted. Our style of art, Northern art, has been referred to as formline art. The formline is basically the black line that acts like a skeleton for the red elements in the design. The design style is very complex, yet at the same time incredibly simple, like a paradox; magic in its truest sense. I’m trying to work with this line, its characteristics and it’s principles in new ways. To be free with it, yet retaining its integrity. Its a puzzle, a game, an obsession. It’s a language of line that is constantly evolving, and I’m continuing to learn the language as I go.

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AB: Can you tell us bit more about the concept of Neoformline?
SH: Neoformline is just a term that I started using to describe a style of Northwest Coast art where the artist was pushing the boundaries of the formline style; when he or she was trying to use formline in new and sometimes unconventional ways. There are quite a few artists that have done this and I am by no means the first. I’m just putting my own spin on it. This art form is a very old one, it goes back to the beginning. It is a continuum. What artists like myself and others are doing today will be built on by the next generation, just as we built our artwork on the work of the artists that came before us.

AB: A lot of your past work depicts traditional Heiltsuk history – what are some stories that you are exploring in this current show?
SH: I feel like I am trying to answer the big questions, to try and seek out the answers to life’s mysteries. Creation, purpose, why we are here, who are we, and what are we here to do. I don’t have the answers, I probably never will, but that’s not the point. The point is to ask the questions and to seek the answers. In fact the more I learn, and the more I work, the more I realize that I know so very little. It’s like that with life and it’s like that with the art.

AB: Some of your past work has elements of satire – I’m thinking of Trickster and Three Watchmen. Is there any irony in your current show?
SH: No I don’t think so. I think with some of those earlier works I was trying to be clever. I think like many artists I have that trickster nature about me, a rebellious thinker. With this body of work I’m trying to make work that is raw and real. Trying to make work that is based less on intellect and more on emotion. I try not to overthink it. Sometimes I have the feeling of just be a passive observer of what comes out. It’s a process and I’m trying to get in touch with it. I am trying to let go of a perceived outcome. I don’t know. It’s difficult to articulate because I realize I am just at the beginning of this journey.

AB: What do you find the most inspirational?
SH: That’s tough to pin down. I collect inspiration from everywhere. I try to take it in through all of my senses. I’m not sure where my work comes from or why it materializes in this way. Inspiration is incredibly varied and random. All of these paintings begin first as drawings. Drawing has always been like my therapy. I draw incessantly and this stuff just pours out. I am happy that it does because I enjoy the process and am fascinated by the result.

Catch Shawn Hunt’s latest exhibition, Line as Language, at Burrard Arts Foundation (108 E Broadway). Opening May 19th.

Text by Alexandra Best and Shawn Hunt

Posted on May 5th, 2016

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Raven Steals the Light


Raven Steals the Light

Raven Steals the Light on permanent display at the Audain Museum, Whistler B.C.
https://audainartmuseum.com

Posted on April 4th, 2016

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Odalisque


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Odalisque


Photo: Barb Choit

Posted on November 20th, 2015

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Object Attributed to Shawn Hunt


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Object Attributed to Shawn Hunt


Photo: Barb Choit

Posted on November 20th, 2015

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Flipping the Bird


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Flipping the Bird


Photo: Barb Choit

Posted on November 20th, 2015

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Plushy Souvenir


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Plushy Souvenir


Photo: Barb Choit

Posted on November 20th, 2015

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BC Aboriginal Achievement Award

Shawn Hunt recieves award

Shawn Hunt receives the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ Art from the BC Achievement Foundation.

Video: http://www.bcachievement.com/firstnationsart/video.php?id=26

Posted on January 31st, 2012

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Mask


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Mask

Posted on January 24th, 2012

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Industrial Portrait


 Industrial Portrait

Industrial Portrait

Posted on January 14th, 2012

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Mushroom Eater


Mushroom Eater

Mushroom Eater

Posted on January 14th, 2012

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Time Traveler


Time Traveler

Time Traveler

Posted on January 14th, 2012

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Untitled


Untitled

Untitled

Posted on January 14th, 2012

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Blue Nude


Blue Nude

Blue Nude

Posted on January 14th, 2012

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Redhead


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Redhead

Posted on January 12th, 2012

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Raven GT



Raven GT

Posted on January 12th, 2012

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Ascension


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Ascension

Posted on January 12th, 2012

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3am


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“3am”

Posted on January 12th, 2012

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Red Nude


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Red Nude 2010 acrylic on wood 37 x 37 inches

Posted on January 31st, 2011

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Dancing Frog


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Dancing Frog 2010 acrylic on canvas 60 x 72 x 4 inches

Posted on August 22nd, 2010

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Butterfly Bracelet


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Butterfly Bracelet 2010 (silver)

Posted on August 22nd, 2010

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Frog


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Frog 2010 (red cedar, acrylic paint) 41×14 inches

Posted on March 23rd, 2010

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When the Lights Go On


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When the Lights Go On 2009 (red cedar, acrylic paint) 72 x 96 inches
This entranceway panel depicts the moment when Raven raises the sun up overhead to shed light on a world that was in darkness.

Posted on December 11th, 2009

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Entrance


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Entrance 2009 (red cedar, steel, aluminum, glass, slate, water)
Entrance to a private residence. Consisting of four sculpted red cedar house posts. Each post is carved completely around. Two large masks depicting a male and female cap the ends of the 36′ beams. On the front panel Moon woman is depicted with two frogs swimming in her wind blown hair. A solitary frog is depicted on back panel. Carved with Bradley Hunt and Dean Hunt.

Posted on May 19th, 2009

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Box of Light Fireplace


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Box of Light Fireplace 2009 ( red cedar, steel, bronze, fire)
Carved completely around and viewable from all sides, this piece sits in the middle of a private residence. Carved in red cedar is the myth of how Raven stole the sun from a bentwood storage box owned by a wealthy chief. The fire inside the wooden box represents the sun.

Posted on May 18th, 2009

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Trickster

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Trickster 2009 (acrylic on canvas) 90 x 60 x 5 inches.
Featured in Continuum: Vision and Creativity on the Northwest Coast. Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
June 20, 2009 – Jan 31, 2010

Photo: Kenji Nagai

Posted on May 17th, 2009

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Spring Loaded


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Spring Loaded 2010 (Silver)

Posted on May 17th, 2009

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Three Watchmen


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Three Watchmen 2009 (acrylic on wood, red cedar bark) 48 x 36 x 2 inches.
In this painting Raven the trickster tries to steal a valuable piece of gold jewelry…but is caught on camera by the Three watchmen.

Posted on May 16th, 2009

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Entwined


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Entwined Four Frogs 2009 (Bronze, water, light)
Water feature with four frogs tongues encircling the moon.

Posted on May 16th, 2009

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The Artist and His Muse


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The Artist and His Muse 2008 (Silver)

Photography: Spiritwrestler Gallery

Posted on May 16th, 2009

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This Stick Ain’t Saying Anything!


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This Stick Ain’t Saying Anything! 2007 (acrylic on canvas) 20 x 16 inches.
Featured in Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast. McMichael Canadian Art Collection
June 27, 2009 – Sept 20, 2009

Featured in Mini Masterworks II. Spiritwrestler Gallery

Photography: Spiritwrestler Gallery

Posted on May 14th, 2009

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Formline Rhythm Guitar


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Formline Rhythm 2009 Guitar
This is a collaboration with Luthier Rob Bustos of Paragon Guitars.
Raven and Eagle paint a traditional formline design.

Photography: Spiritwrestler Gallery

Posted on May 13th, 2009

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I’m Selling My Ovoids Bracelet


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I’m Selling My Ovoids 2008 (silver bracelet)
Raven realizes the value in the traditional ovoid design and decides to sell his to the highest bidder.
Done for Flash Forward Vancouver Art Gallery 75th anniversary art auction

Posted on April 15th, 2009

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Wrist Totem Pole


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Wrist Totem Pole 2008 (silver bracelet)

Photography: Spiritwrestler Gallery

Posted on April 14th, 2009

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The Day Dreamer


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The Day Dreamer 2007 (silver bracelet)

Posted on April 14th, 2009

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Love of Shiny Things Bracelet


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Love of Shiny Things 2007 (18k gold bracelet)
Ravens love of all things shiny compels him to steal a woman’s gold earring.

Photography: Spiritwrestler Gallery

Posted on April 14th, 2009

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Artifact


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Artifact 2006 (silver Bracelet)
Raven and Frog discuss the term artifact at an opening.

Photography: Spiritwrestler Gallery

Posted on April 14th, 2009

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A Matter of Perspective


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A Matter of Perspective 2008 (silver bracelet)
All eyes are on each other but their view is a matter of perspective.

Photography: Spiritwrestler Gallery

Posted on April 14th, 2009

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