Bentwood Box depicting Blue Raven by James Michels, Tlingit Nation
Bentwood Box depicting Blue Raven, 2017, James Michels, Tlingit Nation,
5 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches, hand carved yellow cedar, red cedar base and lid.
James Michels was born on July 29th 1969 in Merritt, BC. He is a highly accomplished artist whose creations are held in high esteem by other artists and knowledgeable collectors. James apprenticed with acclaimed Coast Salish artist Joseph Campbell as well as spent considerable time observing various master artists at the K'san Native Art School.
His bentwood boxes and stunning carved panels can be regularly viewed in most of the major galleries of Northwest Coast artwork in both Canada and the United States. James Michels has worked on a large commission of a series of bentwood boxes for the Canadian Government. He also commissioned a series of his bentwood boxes for the participants of the 2005 PGA Golf Skins game in Whistler, BC.
As well, his artwork has been purchased by former President Bill Clinton, Former Prime Minister Paul Martin and singing legend Joni Mitchell. James is also sought after for his exceptional large carved panels and totem poles.