Born on January 14, 1966 to Joe and Audrey Wilson, Joe Wilson's maternal grandparents were Alvin and Ethel Alfred of Alert Bay and Village Island. Wilson began learning about flat design under master artist Doug Cranmer when he was just twelve years old. Working on flat design for seven years before delving into other mediums is likely one of the reasons Wilson's work and style is so incredibly refined. His immense knowledge of coastal style deeply influences his work, and has contributed to an eclectic portfolio that includes ornate frontlets, masks, rattles and other large sculptures with miniature figures. He was taught by and worked with key master artists, including Doug Cranmer, Ned Matilpi, Wayne Alfred, Bruce Alfred and Beau Dick.
Wilson has traveled and worked internationally, and was head of a large scale project in Harderwijk, the Netherlands where he worked extensively on various projects.
In 2016, Wilson began learning to engrave metal and since that time has been a prolific jeweler. His original passion for design has resulted in his crafting his own miniature tools that allow him to work in rarely seen detail. Within a very short time-frame, Wilson has raised the bar as a jeweler, and is already in high demand in Canada and US markets.
We look forward to sharing new Joe Wilson pieces with you in future!
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