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Three Faces of Vancouver Island by Richard Hunt

Three Faces of Vancouver Island by Richard Hunt
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Artwork DescriptionPresent from the University of Victoria, in celebration of the District of Saanich's 100 Birthday (2006). - Three (3) vertically arranged faces, each depicted with wide eyes, open mouths and teeth exposed. Motif represents Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwagiulth. Colour palette of red, green and black. Includes UVic Colophon - three birds horizontally arranged. (Signed print. 65 of 200)

About Richard Hunt

DatesBorn 1951, Alert Bay, BC
Artist BioFor most of his life, artist Richard Hunt has lived in Victoria. When he was 13, his father, the late Henry Hunt, began teaching him the skills of carving. After apprenticing under his father at the Royal British Columbia Museum for a year, Richard became chief carver for the Thunderbird Park Carving Program. In 1986 Richard decided to try his hand at being a freelance artist. In 1991, Richard became the first Native artist to receive the Order of British Columbia, "in recognition of serving with the greatest distinction and excellence in a field of endeavor benefiting the people of the Province of British Columbia and elsewhere." Only three years later, in 1994, he was awarded the distinguished Order of Canada. Richard Hunt has had many gallery showings in both Canada and the US, and has completed numerous private commissions. In 2004, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Victoria (the same degree was given to his father, Henry Hunt, in 1983). Richard has also contributed many hours and his artistic talents to various charities, including Big Brothers Big Sisters Victoria, Canadian Diabetes, and Orcas in the City for the Lion's Society of BC.
Artist Resume1991: Order of B.C. 1994: Order of Canada 2001: Honorary Citizen of Victoria Award 2002: Golden Jubilee Medal 2004: Elected to the membership of the Royal Academy of Arts; received Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria


Artwork TypeFirst Nations
Dimensions87cm x 66.5cm
Reference #16
SiteSaanich Municipal Hall (Legislative Service Department, Service counter wall), 770 Vernon Avenue.
Art CategoryCivic Public Art
Selection ProcessCivic: Donation
Municipality/NeighbourhoodSaanich: Core



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