Mask depicting Frog by Sanford Williams, Mowachaht First Nations
Mask depicting Frog, 1997 by Sanford Williams, Mowachaht First Nations alder, pigment, horse hair 11" high x 8" wide x 5" deep
Sanford Williams has made it his life’s work creating art that echoes the past of the First Nations folk of British Columbia. Born and raised on the west coast of Vancouver Island in the remote village of Yuquot, Sanford Williams was inspired by his relatives, notably his uncle – the late Chief Dominic Andrew.
After surviving residential school, William’s graduated in 1985, then attended the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art at ‘Ksan in Old Hazelton, B.C.Since completing the course in 1988, Sanford Williams has worked independently as a Master Carver – every single day.
Throughout the years, Sanford has proudly participated in many events and has works in many important permanent collections including:
• Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver BC
• Sanyi International Wood Sculpture Festival, Taiwan
• The Canucks for Kids Fund, Vancouver BC
• Wilp Si-Satxw Healing Centre, Kitwanga BC
• Gitxsan Wet’suwet’en Tribal Council for the Land Claim, Kitwanga BC
• Royal BC Museum, Victoria BC
Sanford still carves authentic pieces from his remote, beach front shop using handmade carving tools, and is also accessible from his off-season home in the Fraser Valley.