Simon Charlie Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

(1920 - 2005)

Hwunumetse' (Simon Charlie 1920-2005) renowned Coast Salish Master Carver and Elder was named a 2003 recipient of the Order of Canada for his contribution to education and preservation of his cultural heritage, its legends and stories. In addition, Charlie received the National Centennial Medal in 1967 and the Order of British Columbia in 2001.

In over 30 years of carving traditional Cowichan Coast Salish art, Simon Charlie estimated he had carved the equivalent of 22 logging truckloads of cedar logs. His totem poles stand in the Royal B.C. Museum, the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, and from Washington State to New York, Chicago, Holland, New Zealand and Australia. His artworks and masks are found in collections in North and South America, Europe and Japan.

He taught heritage, culture and traditions to his people, and to non-aboriginals as well. He was passionately committed to the preservation and maintenance of the traditions, language, arts and culture of his people. His dedication to passing on his knowledge to the younger generation by mentoring young Coast Salish artists in traditional methods and designs can not easily be matched.

The Coast Salish style is straightforward and simple. Their pieces were created for use rather than show, and Simon Charlie's feathering technique enhances the clean, strong form.

Historical Sale Highlights

Following is a random selection of collectible works we have previously sold. Refresh this page to see more items.

Night Descending on Pangnirtung
William Kurelek
Mixed Media (3.5x10 in) 1975
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Logging
Maud Lewis
Oil on board (12.5x14 in) circa 1962
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Skier
Leo Mol
ceramic (10x4.75x3 in) 1950
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Summer Haliburton
Alfred Joseph Casson
oil (9.75x11.5 in) 1940
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Village of Okanagan Falls
Robert Lougheed
oil (10x20 in) 1977
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Lost Channel, Moira River
Manly MacDonald
oil on canvas (20x26 in) 1942
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My Dad Works While We Play
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (16x12 in) circa 2005
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Mountain Above the Whirlpool
Doris Jean McCarthy
watercolour (9x11.5 in) 1980
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Winter Morning
Anne Savage
oil on canvas (20x24 in) 1956
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Deer Standing in the Water, (Buck among Waterlilies)
Maud Lewis
oil on board (11.5x9 in) circa 1950
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