Don Yeomans (Haida)

Work

Bio

Don Yeomans is one of the most respected and renowned Northwest Coast Native artists. His work is innovative and constantly evolving. Yeomans isn’t afraid of trying new things and incorporating new ideas into his foundational repertoire of traditional Northwest Coast design.

Yeomans was born in Prince Rupert, BC in 1958. His father was Haida from Masset, BC and his mother Métis from Slave Lake, Alberta. He has studied and worked in the Haida Style since he was a youth: first apprenticing under the expert guidance of his Aunt Freda Diesing in the early 1970’s, shortly after, attending art school at Vancouver Community College in 1976, and later working under Robert Davidson.

After more than four decades, Yeomans has mastered many different media including two-dimensional design, wood carving, gold and silver jewellery. He has risen to the upper echelon of his field, receiving many accolades from both his peers and the art world at large. His reputation as a master carver has also yielded large scale commissions around the world.

Selected Major Works

  • 2005 30ft pole commissioned for Damien Hirst included in the Raven Traveling Exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC. (no image available)

Don Yeomans McMichael totem pole project.

Exhibitions

  • 2016 – Divergent Convergence – Group exhibition, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  • 2013 “Story”. Group Exhibition. Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver, BC 
  • 2006 “Raven Travelling: Two Centuries of Haida Art”. Group Exhibition. Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC 
  •  2009 “Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast”. Group Exhibition. McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg ON. Opened in Kleinberg, traveled within Canada and to Switzerland, closed Fall 2010

Publications

  • 1984 The Legacy :Tradition and Innovation in Northwest Coast Indian Art. Vancouver/Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre. Macnair, Peter, Robert Joseph and Bruce Grenville.
  • 2009 Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast, Ian Thom , Vancouver/Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre