Jay Haavik

Jay Haavik

Jay Haavik’s works incorporates suggestive and conceptual themes exploring the universal relationship between our humanness and the natural world. His work ranges from traditional Northwest Coast formline-style art, to fine furniture, early Viking style art, and relief sculptured brick.

Jay has spent the past 30 years as a professional artist. He began working exclusively the in the Northwest Coast native style, creating totem poles, bentwood containers, large panels and masks. In recent years, his work has evolved to include other mediums and themes, including fine furniture and Viking style art.

Much of Jay’s life has been spent outside. He travels extensively throughout the world, climbing, kayaking, and hiking. This love of the outdoors and its environment was one of the primary reasons he was attracted to the art forms of the Northwest Coast native peoples, due to its rich sculptured forms of birds and animals that reflect a oneness with humanity.

Jay has extensive design team experience working with clients, consultants, architects and construction personnel. Examples of this are his large installations in the flagship REI building in Seattle, on the Puyallup Indian Reservation in Tacoma, Washington and on the Muckleshoot Reservation (White River Amphitheater), Auburn, Washington.

Recipient of a 1995 Artist Trust of Washington fellowship and a 2004 Norwegian Marshall Fund fellowship, Jay’s work can be found in private and public collections throughout the world. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Jay has shown at many of the region’s top galleries as well as in California, New Mexico, and New York.  His work has been sponsored by the Metro Arts Program for public art in Seattle.  Jay designed and installed interior and exterior artwork at the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority, on the Puyallup Reservation in Tacoma, Washington.  Along with his contribution to the beautification of this region’s public facilities, Jay has contributed to the community through his many engagements as a leader of seminars and workshops for students of the arts.

Jay Haavik’s work ranges from traditional Northwest Coast formline style art, including poles, masks, Bentwood containers, and panels, to fine furniture, relief-sculptured brick, limited edition prints, and carved panels.

All of his works corporate suggestive and conceptual themes of birds, mammals, fish – and the natural environment.  Whether using these or Northwest Coast formline themes, his work explores the universal relationship between our humanness and the natural world.



Bailey Nelson Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Quintana Galleries, Portland, Oregon

Stonington Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Objects of Bright Pride, Juneau, Alaska, and New York

Gallery of the North, Juneau, Alaska

Frank & Dunya, Seattle, Washington

Jerome Evans Gallery, Sacramento, California

The Legacy, Seattle, Washington

North-By-Northwest, Port Townsend, Washington

Northwest Discovery, Bellevue, Washington

Raven West Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Real Mother Goose, Portland, Oregon

Scanion Gallery, Sitka, Alaska

Twenty Six Horses, New York, New York


Straylight Gallery, Missoula, Montana, 1997

Lynwood Arts Commission Gallery, Lynwood, Washington, 1997

Union Art Co-op Show, Seattle, Washington, 1995 & 1997

Three person show at the Washington State Capital Building, 1991

Quintana Galleries, three person show on architectural issues of Northwest Coast Indian Art, 1991.

Bailey Nelson Gallery, Spring Mask Show, Seattle, Washington, 1989

Quintana Galleries, Annual Northwest Coast Indian Art Show, 1984 – 1991

Stonington Gallery, group shows, Seattle, Washington, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991

Twenty Six Horses, Group show, New York, New York, 1983

Jerome Evans Gallery, group show, Sacramento California, 1983 – 1984

Louise Matzke Gallery, group show, 1982

Gorlick & Sons Gallery, two person show with Terry Williams


Commissioned in 1997 – 1998 to create an 88 ‘X 17 ‘ exterior installation entitled “Three Entertainers and Friends”, for the White River Amphitheater on the Muckleshoot Reservation in Auburn, Washington.

1996 recipient of a commission for two carved panels for the new Recreational Equipment, Inc flagship store in Seattle, Washington.

One of six artist finalists to be awarded $1000 to prepare proposals for artwork for six existing park-and-ride lots under the Metro Arts Program, 1993

Recipient of a commission from the Washington State Arts Commission, under the Folk Arts/ Apprenticeship Program, Dennis Katzeek, a Chilkat –Tlingit, learned construction of a Bentwood drum, 1993

Constructed an interior and exterior art installation for the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority on the Puyallup Indian Reservation in Tacoma, Washington, 1993

Lynwood Arts Commission Lynwood, Washington, 1997

United Airlines, 1996

Washington State Arts Commission, 1991

Scandinavian Airlines, 1991

Edmonds Community College, Kobe, Japan, 1989

Ecochem, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1989

King County Arts Commission, Seattle, Washington, 1984

Numerous private commissions have been received throughout the country and internationally.


SAFECO Corporation of America, curated and exhibited a group show of Northwest Coast Indian Art, Seattle, Washington, 1983

“Convergence – 1982”, Handweaver’s Guild of America convention, Seattle Washington, 1982

Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon Michigan, “Faces of the World”, September 1995 – March 1996


In addition to regular teaching in his studio/home/gallery at Union Art Co-op on Capital Hill, seminars and workshops have been conducted with:

Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA

North Cascades Institute, Sedro Wooley, WA

Woodcraft, Inc., Seattle, WA

Bellevue School District, Bellevue, WA

Seattle School District (1989 Arts in Education Grant) Seattle, WA

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, OR, 1991 –8

Larson Gallery, Yakima WA, 1995

University of Alaska, Juneau, AK, 1996


Recipient of 1995 Artist Trust Fellowship of $5000

Related Work –

1974 – 1987 Senior Planning for the Puget Sound Council of Governments and the City of Bellevue.  Specialized in community organization, development, and housing issues.