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KEVIN CRANMER

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Kevin Cranmer was born in ‘Yalis (Alert Bay) and is ‘Namgis and Mamalilikula, with ancestry also traced to the Tlingit of Alaska.

 

When Cranmer was four years old, his family relocated to Victoria where he would later learn design and formal carving skills from his cousin and renowned artist George Hunt Jr. Cranmer has worked with famous artists and family members Tony Hunt Sr, Tony Hunt Jr and Calvin Hunt.

 

Cranmer began working on large scale sculptures alongside Nuu-chah-nulth artist Tim Paul, at Thunderbird Park, which is located at the Royal British Columbia Museum. His large-scale collaborative works include a 40 foot Totem Pole at Stanley Park in Vancouver, a 36 foot pole which was unveiled at the closing ceremonies of the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand, as well as a beautiful carved and painted Chief’s seat which was crafted for the new Big House in Alert Bay.

 

In 2010, Cranmer traveled to Salford, England where he and ‘Namgis artist Bruce Alfred restored a totem pole that had been carved in the 1970’s by his uncle, Doug Cranmer.

 

Cranmer is actively involved in his culture as an artist and initiated Hamat’sa Society Dancer. He is well known for his stunning and intricate miniature pendants, carved from yellow cedar and inlaid with abalone shell. His large dance masks are often articulated, with moving parts that surprise the audience and bring his pieces to life. Cranmer is also an accomplished print maker.

 

As a prolific artist and historian who creates pieces for the art market, but more importantly for the Big House, Cranmer is in high demand as his work is collected worldwide. If you would like a custom piece by this artist, please contact us for more information.

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