Kelvin Thompson was born on November 5, 1958 in Ste.Rose Du Lac, Manitoba. Thompson had the opportunity to study under Haisla artists Barry and Derek Wilson at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre starting in 1979, and then carved a totem pole for the Centre in 1980 with Henry Robinson. Robinson’s family adopted Thompson into his Haisla family, and Haisla style has influenced Thompsons work greatly.


Thompson is well known for using intricate detail, deep gauging, oxidized backgrounds and cut-out and overlaid work. Unlike some artists that use patterns, Thompson creates his pieces individually, resulting in a portfolio full of unique and mesmerizing motifs that attract collectors worldwide.

Thompson has taught many artists how to work in silver and gold, including Kwakwaka'wakw artist Clinton Work, who designed our logo. In the Fall of 2007, Thompson and Kwakwaka’wakw/Haida artist Dan Wallace collaborated in teaching the first annual Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts Program, which was offered at Vancouver’s Native Education College. 


Thompson has been commissioned to create pieces for famed musicians James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall and Elton John, and is sure to continue creating stunning works for collectors to marvel at.




2011: Silver: Celebrating 25 Years; Lattimer Gallery, Vancouver BC​

2012: Barnacles to Butterflies: Unusual Silver Jewellery; Lattimer Gallery,Vancouver, BC​

2014: From the Depths: Jewellery Inspired by the Sea; Lattimer Gallery,Vancouver, BC​

2015: From the Forest Floor: Jewellery inspired by the Forest; Lattimer Gallery, Vancouver BC

Octopus Bracelet by Kelvin Thompson



    Octopus lives at the bottom of the Undersea World Kingdom, and has been known for pulling unsuspecting humans do the bottom of the sea –as is told in the Legend of Sewidi and the Undersea World.


    Octopus is very intelligent, and is able to ward off invaders. Octopus is also Halibuts favorite food.


    Depictions of Octopus are quite easy to make out, with a bulb-shaped head, sharply curved beak, and long tentacles that are dotted with suckers. Octopus is sometimes shown with killer whale or halibut, and in Kwakwaka'wakw legendry, is associated with Kumugwe’s kingdom at the bottom of the ocean.


    Cheryl Shearar Understanding Northwest Coast Art  (2000)

    Campbell River Museum & Archives

    Conversations with Nuu-chah-nulth artist Cecil Billy