Rattle depicting Qwatxayu (Human) by Brian Perry, S'Klallam
Rattle depicting Qwatxayu (Human) by Brian Perry, S'Klallam alder, river pebbles, waxed cotton wrap
11" tall x 4" wide x 3.5" deep *custom made stand included
"My name is Brian Perry, I was raised on the Port Gamble S’Klallam Indian Reservation. I grew up around carvers but didn’t really start carving myself until September of 1998 when my sister introduced me to David Boxley.I took three classes with Mr. Boxley, box making, formline design and masks.It was a lot of fun taking classes with Mr. Boxley a lot of the people in the class were also in his dance group and often someone would say lets sing the carving song and some one would pick up a drum and they would all start singing.
Another person I learned a lot from was Ed Charles.Mr. Charles apprenticed with Duane Pasco. Ed worked a lot with me on Nuu Chah Nulth and Bella Coola styles.Currently I have been learning from Duane Pasco and David Franklin. David Franklin also apprenticed with Mr. Pasco and has become a good friend.Duane married into my family so it has been real convenient for me to tap into his knowledge and expertise. I am grateful for all that I have learned from these guys.
My art has been exhibited in art galleries in Seattle, Portland and Olympia.I have sold pieces to private collectors in New York, New Mexico and Pennsylvania as well as here in Washington.
For the past eighteen years I have been employed by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.My job title is fisheries technician IV.I operate an autofish trailer for the NWIFC, which entails traveling to Western Washington Treaty salmon hatcheries and supervising tagging operations.
I am married and have two children.Being a father and working in the Natural Resource field has made me aware of how fragile our environment and life is.I love trying to capture the essence of god’s creatures great and small in my art form." - Brian Perry, 2006