Simon Charlie Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

(1920 - 2005)

Hwunumetse' (Simon Charlie 1920-2005) renowned Coast Salish Master Carver and Elder was named a 2003 recipient of the Order of Canada for his contribution to education and preservation of his cultural heritage, its legends and stories. In addition, Charlie received the National Centennial Medal in 1967 and the Order of British Columbia in 2001.

In over 30 years of carving traditional Cowichan Coast Salish art, Simon Charlie estimated he had carved the equivalent of 22 logging truckloads of cedar logs. His totem poles stand in the Royal B.C. Museum, the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, and from Washington State to New York, Chicago, Holland, New Zealand and Australia. His artworks and masks are found in collections in North and South America, Europe and Japan.

He taught heritage, culture and traditions to his people, and to non-aboriginals as well. He was passionately committed to the preservation and maintenance of the traditions, language, arts and culture of his people. His dedication to passing on his knowledge to the younger generation by mentoring young Coast Salish artists in traditional methods and designs can not easily be matched.

The Coast Salish style is straightforward and simple. Their pieces were created for use rather than show, and Simon Charlie's feathering technique enhances the clean, strong form.

Historical Sale Highlights

Following is a random selection of collectible works we have previously sold. Refresh this page to see more items.

Winter - Prairie Perspective
Robert N. Hurley
watercolour (11x15.5 in) 1963
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Ladder to the Loft of the House, mid-19th century
William Kurelek
pen & ink (23x14.5 in) 1977
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Doorway, Skeena Crossing
Robert Genn
Oil on Canvas (12x16 in) circa 1977
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Siwash House Posts, Tsatsisnukomi, B.C.
Walter Joseph Phillips
colour woodcut (8.5x6.25 in) 1928
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Shaman
Norval Morrisseau
Acrylic on paper (25.5x18 ) circa 1969
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Tsimshian Passage
Robert Genn
Acrylic (16x20 in) 2011
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Portrait of R.J. Wicksteed Esq.
Cornelius Krieghoff
oil on canvas (13x11 in) 1860
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Oxen Plowing
Maud Lewis
acrylic (11.5x11.5 in) 1962
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The Bather Number 2 24/100
Walter Joseph Phillips
Woodblock (8.75x9.75 in) 1927
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Fairy Falls, Yoho Park
Robert Genn
Acrylic (20x24 in) 2013
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