Kwagiulth Owl Panel, c. 2000 Jason Hunt, Kwakwaka'wakw red cedar, pigment 14" high x 46" wide x 5" deep
Kwakwaka’wakw Nation artist Jason Hunt was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1973. His descendants come from the village of Fort Rupert. After completing his third year at college in 1994, Jason became attracted to his family's artistic heritage. Watching his father Kwakwaka’wakw artist Stan Hunt design and carve pieces, Jason became fascinated by the art. Jason enhances his skills and knowledge to this day with inspiration from his father and has goals to move on to larger piece.
Jason was in the process of seeking summer employment when he decided to visit his father, Kwakwaka'wakw artist Stan Hunt. While watching his father design and carve different traditional pieces Jason decided to try his hand at the craft that has been passed down for four generations. Jason's lineage strongly influenced his decision to expand his knowledge of his family's artistic history and under the tutelage of his father, Jason began to explore the distinct culture and art form of the Kwakwaka'wakw people. He strives to maintain the integrity and authenticity of his work by being well versed on the significance of each piece. Jason is prepared to offer explanations for his work with reference to the meaning and the legends behind each of the figures he incorporates into his work.
In 2010, in collaboration withhis father, brother, Jason and cousins, Mervyn Child and Calvin Hunt, they carved a massive 52ft totem pole his father was commissioned to undertake. This prestigious totem pole is now the center piece of Canada Square in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Out of respect for traditional methods, Jason limits the use of power tools to rough out his work and knife finishes his pieces as opposed to using sandpaper.