Victor Michael West
Victor Michael West is of Tlingit, Cree and Irish ancestry and currently resides in Ucluelet, British Columbia.
A self taught artist, Victor has studied First Nations Masters such as Bill Reid, Robert Davison, Reg Davison, David Boxely, Charles Edenshaw and Dempsey Bob and has worked with notable artists Thunderbird Jack, Dr.'Old Bill Holm' and Clarence Mills.
The fine workmanship and artistic eye of Victor Michael West are seen in his meticulously carved contemporary Tlingit carvings, precise clean paintwork and the sharp-edge designs of his contemporary Tlingit limited edition and open end prints.
Victor prides himself in his artwork, which he pursues with gusto. As a carver he mainly works in Vancouver Island red and yellow cedar. His pieces depict images of Eagle, Raven, Killer Whale, Wolf, Owl and Salmon. Many of his designs are inspired by old Tlingit bent wood boxes.
Wooshkeetaan - SHARK
The Shark is part of the Eagle clan and is one of the main crests of the northern Tlingit.