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Brian Walker | It’s the culture that makes you full

Copper artist Brian Walker and his wife, the artist Ann Smith, are at the centre of their large family and are respected Elders in the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. At twelve years old, Brian met Bill Reid when the celebrated Haida artist was working on a commission at UBC. Over two years young Brian spent his spare time at the studio, learning about Northwest coast art and traditions. In 1969 Brian moved to the Yukon, where he met Ann, and he’s spent the decades since immersed in a wide range of artistic pursuits.

During this time, he worked and studied with artists including Dempsey Bob, Keith Wolfe Smarch, Philip Janze, Mark Porter and many others who were involved in the revival of First Nations carving in Yukon. During this time Brian became interested in copper, and his copper masks, bowls and ceremonial pieces are held in many collections.