Salmon by Matthew Baker (Northwest Coast Native Artist)

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Artist: Matthew Baker (First Nation Master Wood Carver)

About the artist:

Matthew is a Squamish Nation wood carver born in 1953 on the Capilano Reservation in North Vancouver, BC. His mother is from the Kwakiutl Nation and his father is Coast Salish. Matthew was taught by his father Richard, a master totem carver and was taught to carve in the Kwakiutl style. He has now been carving for over 35 years.

Matthew carves plaques, masks, rattles and totem poles in traditional Coast Salish and Kwakiutl images that employ a traditional tri-color design on unstained wood. His crisp lines and elegant combination of animal forms has helped to distinguish him as a unique and talented artist.