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Richard Hunt

"The more I carved, the more I realized that what I was carving came from my culture. That is why I  believe that what I create is cultural art and it is my job to educate the public about my culture as much as I can to keep it alive."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Hunt, Kwakiutl Artist

Richard Hunt (b.1951) is a Kwaguilth (Kwakiutl) Native from Fort Rupert, near the northern tip of Vancouver Island, B.C. The Hunt family has been at the center of traditional ceremonial life and carving for generations. Richard began carving at the age of 13 under his father, Henry Hunt, also a renowned artist.

In 1991, Richard was the recipient of the prestigious Order of British Columbia; the first Native artist to be so honoured and in 1994 became a member of the Order of Canada. In 2002, Richard received the Golden Jubilee Medal, the approved creation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in honour of her 50th anniversary of Her accession to the Throne, and presented to citizens of Canada "who have demonstrated exceptional qualities and outstanding service to their country". In May 2004, Richard was accepted into the membership of the Royal Academy of the Arts in recognition for his outstanding achievements within the visual arts.

In June 2004, Richard received a Honourary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. This prestigious award has a special meaning to Richard because his late father, Henry Hunt was awarded the same degree in 1983.

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Richard Hunt

"The more I carved, the more I realized that what I was carving came from my culture. That is why I  believe that what I create is cultural art and it is my job to educate the public about my culture as much as I can to keep it alive."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Hunt, Kwakiutl Artist

Richard Hunt (b.1951) is a Kwaguilth (Kwakiutl) Native from Fort Rupert, near the northern tip of Vancouver Island, B.C. The Hunt family has been at the center of traditional ceremonial life and carving for generations. Richard began carving at the age of 13 under his father, Henry Hunt, also a renowned artist.

In 1991, Richard was the recipient of the prestigious Order of British Columbia; the first Native artist to be so honoured and in 1994 became a member of the Order of Canada. In 2002, Richard received the Golden Jubilee Medal, the approved creation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in honour of her 50th anniversary of Her accession to the Throne, and presented to citizens of Canada "who have demonstrated exceptional qualities and outstanding service to their country". In May 2004, Richard was accepted into the membership of the Royal Academy of the Arts in recognition for his outstanding achievements within the visual arts.

In June 2004, Richard received a Honourary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. This prestigious award has a special meaning to Richard because his late father, Henry Hunt was awarded the same degree in 1983.

Artist Website

 

 


Collections by Richard Hunt

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