April

Jason & Trevor Hunt: Bloodlines

In April we feature brothers Jason Hunt and Trevor Hunt, who hail from the famed artistic lineage of the Hunt family of Fort Rupert on Vancouver Island (BC). Many of the brothers’ family members–including father Stan Hunt–are renowned artists known for their incredible masks, panels, paddles, and drums, and these two continue that tradition with modern flair and tools. We look forward to seeing what kinds of spectacular Vancouver Island-style works will emerge for this joint show. Learn more about the family and the brothers below.

Exhibition Dates:

April 2, 2020 - April 30, 2020

Involved Artists:

Jason Hunt, Trevor Hunt

Featured Works

Jason Henry Hunt was born in Victoria in 1973 and is of Kwagulth descent, from the village of Fort Rupert, near Port Hardy B.C. on Vancouver Island. After graduating from high school in 1991, Jason went on to pursue his post secondary education in the field of business administration at Camosun College. It was during the summer break of 1994, after completing his third year that Jason became intrigued with his family’s artistic Heritage. Jason was in the process of seeking summer employment when he decided to visit his father, Kwagulth artist Stanley C. Hunt. While watching  his father design and carve traditional pieces Jason became more interested in the craft. When he tried to carve he found he had a natural connection that has been passed down through generations of the Hunt Family. 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 Kwagulth people. He strives to maintain the integrity and authenticity of his work by being well versed on the significance of each piece.
Trevor Hunt was born in 1975. He is part of the great Hunt family of Fort Rupert on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. He comes from a long line of hereditary carvers and artists that have been instrumental in the survival of the Kwakiutl art form on the Northwest Coast. His father is Stan Hunt, his grandfather was Henry Hunt and his great-grandfather was Mungo Martin.

He has been painting original graphic interpretations of Kwakiutl myths and stories for fourteen years and two years ago started carving wood under the tutelage of his father Stan and his brother Jason. His others teachers include Tim Alfred and David Knox.
He was part of a group–which included his brother Jason, and cousins, Mervyn Child, and Calvin Hunt–that carved a massive 52 ft totem pole. He recently completed a thirty-eight foot painting of a Killerwhale on the roof of a resort in Telegraph, B.C. and designed the logo for the Thunderbird Shopping Plaza in Port Hardy, B.C. In 1994 he was chosen to be published after a nationwide search for young artists. In 1995 he designed the logo for Kwakiutl District Counsel. Trevor currently lives in Fort Rupert, the traditional home of the Kwakiutl people, with his wife and children. He continues to study the Kwakiutl art form.

The Hunt Family gained international recognition through its oldest member, George Hunt. George was born in 1854 at Fort Rupert, British Columbia, the second of eleven children of Robert Hunt, a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trader from Dorset, England, and Mary Ebbetts (Ansnaq) (1823-1919), a member of the Raven clan of the Taantakwáan tribe of the Tlingit nation. Years later, George became a consultant to the American anthropologist Franz Boas with whom he collected hundreds of Kwakiutl artifacts for an exhibit at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. George was considered a linguist and ethnologist in his own right. Through marriage and adoption he became an expert on the traditions of the Kwakwaka’wakw of coastal British Columbia. During his lifetime, George wrote thousands of pages of description of Kwakiutl culture over the next decades. Today, the Hunt family comprises of a large number of internationally acclaimed artists.

A note on spelling: The spelling of the Hunt family’s tribal affiliation has changed throughout the decades, and continues to evolve. It is spelled variously: Kwakiutl, Kwagiulth, Kwaguilth, Kwagulth, and Kwaguł. Out of respect for each artist’s preference, each of Jason and Trevor’s preferred spellings are used in reference to their tribal affiliation. Learn more about their heritage here: http://www.kwakiutl.bc.ca/Our-Land