Art Tompson Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

(1948 - 2003)

Art Thompson was born in the village of Whyac, an isolated village on the western end of Nitinaht Lake on Vancouver Island. His ancestral roots are in both the Coast Salish (Cowichan) and Nuu-chah-nulth (Ditidaht) nations. His father and grandfather were both artists known for their ceremonial pieces such as masks and regalia, as well as totem poles and canoes. Art spent much of his childhood away from both his family and cultural traditions. At the age of two, he contracted tuberculosis and was hospitalized for the next three years. Shortly after he was able to return to his family he was sent away to residential school in Port Alberni. He ran away several times before finally securing employment in the logging industry at the age of thirteen.
Just before his twelve birthday he was initiated along with his brothers and sister into the Tlu-Kwalla (Wolf Society), an ancient custom which is still very active today. This event was an important connection between Art and his cultural heritage and influenced his later decision to become an artist.
In 1967, Art enrolled in the Commercial Art program at Camosun College in Victoria. He worked largely in two dimensional mediums such as paint and pastels. During this time he began to explore a narrative style with traditional Nuu-chah-nulth design. His advanced understanding of the traditional Nuu-chah-nulth design came at a time when this style had been virtually overlooked in the scholastic studies which were shaping the growing interest in Northwest Coast art. His personal contribution included using strong contemporary and traditional design shapes with a narrative approach to myth and legend. These early serigraph prints are now considered a turning point in establishing Art Thompson, Nuu-chah-nulth design, and the print medium as a whole, in the contemporary art market.

Historical Sale Highlights

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Walking bridge - Winnipeg
Lionel LeMoine Fitzgerald
oil (17x23.5 in) 1920
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Sans Titre, 1969
Jean Paul Riopelle
Oil on panel (10.5x6.75 in) 1969
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Windmill 45/60
Sybil Andrews
lino-cut prints (12.5x8.30 inch) 1933
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Forest Spirit
Robert Genn
Acrylic on canvas (11x14 in) 2011
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L'Anse au Sable - On the Saguenay River
Robert Pilot
oil on canvas (28.25x36 inch) 1948
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A Fathers Blessing
William Kurelek
oil (22x28 in) 1976
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From the North Shore, Lake Superior
Lawren Harris
oil on panel (10.5x13.5 in) 1925
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Untitled Portrait
Norval Morrisseau
Acrylic (20.75x14.25 in) 1975
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Straphangers 20/50
Sybil Andrews
lino-cut prints (11.25x14.25 inch) 1929
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Homage to Van Eyck
Jean McEwen
Oil on Canvas (45.5x35.25 in) 1963
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