Shawn Hunt, Conquering fear.

The lighting in this long and cavernous atelier is quite dim—the only light stems from a large lamp shining on the paintings of First Nations artist Shawn Hunt—emotive, beguiling fusions of dimension and colour.

“What I’m trying to do is continue the long line of creating art that my people have done over the years,” explains Hunt. Since graduating from the University of British Columbia’s Fine Arts program in 2000, Hunt has had an impressive career spanning jewellery making, sculpture, and most recently, painting. “I’m creating art using traditional elements and motifs, and even traditional methods of making things, but I’m living now, and dealing with modern issues.”

 

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