Coast Salish & Kwakwaka’wakw artist Noel Brown was born to Donna and Jerry Brown in Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo) on Vancouver Island.
Noel gained an interest in First Nations art as a young child, and began learning when he was young under his cousins Richard and Matthew Baker, Chris and Doran Lewis and Craig Manson. Brown credits James Christopher Lewis as being his main inspiration for why he started carving in 1995.
Brown has collaborated on large scale Totem Poles, creates drum designs and pieces that are used in the Big House, and also creates art pieces for the art market. Brown can often be found crafting custom pieces of jewellery, which has become his full time passion and career. Please contact us if you would like to custom order work by this artist.
2015 - Walking with our Sisters – IHOS Gallery, Comox BC
2005 - Native Spirit Pumpkins for Loaves & Fishes; Copper Moon Gallery, Nanaimo BC
2006 - Native Spirit Pumpkins for Loaves & Fishes; Copper Moon Gallery, Nanaimo BC
Windmaker Pendant by Noel Brown
Indigenous groups around the world are known for attributing spirits to elements, such as fire, water, and wind. This acknowledgement of life within elements we cannot always physically see, such as with the wind, is what teaches us reverence for nature.