Famed Artist Carves Out a Place
Beau Dick, master carver and famed international Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw artist, was named Artist in Residence at UBC from September to December. He was invited on behalf of the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory and the residency was organized with the assistance of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Dick’s work is noted for its craftsmanship and artistry strongly influenced by tradition and yet incorporating western and contemporary influences; some viewers seeing Japanese anime characters and Noh masks blended into the art. While at UBC, Dick worked out of a studio in the new Audain Art Centre and offered tours at the Belkin Gallery of the exhibition Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools.