This colourful inukshuk limited-edition print comes from Heiltsuk artist Ben Houstie and incorporates the typical images of West Coast First Nation art within the body of the inukshuk. One of only 195 that will be printed, this piece, printed on fine art paper is 16" x 13 1/2" and includes the artist's signature.
The Artist: Heiltsuk artist Ben Houstie was born in Bella Bella, BC (Waglisla) and currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. Ben is a visual artist, as well as a carver, primarily carving cedar rattles and paddles. He has worked with Cheryl Hall, Robert Hall, David Gladstone and Beau Dick. Ben also worked under Bill Reid painting several drums of Bill’s designs and 20 paddles for the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. He has committed his life to Northwest Coast Art. “As a child, I had the opportunity to watch master carver, Mungo Martin, work on the world’s largest totem pole, in Alert Bay, B.C. I had been…placed in St Michael’s residential school in Alert Bay. Residential schools were designed to “remove” culture…yet ironically in Alert Bay, I found the artistic traditions of our culture. As a survivor I am deeply impacted by the painful experiences of being in a residential school. My art is part of my healing and provides a connection to my culture. Working with Bill Reid as well as a project featuring bent box designs created by my great grandfather, Daniel Houstie were critical in my understanding of our unique art forms...”