Thompson, Art (1948 - 2003)

Culture/Community

Ditidaht (Nitinaht)

Biography

Art Thompson was born in 1948 in the village of Whyac and lived in Nitinaht on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Hi father was Ditidaht and his mother was Quwutsun'. His father and grandfather were carvers and canoe builders, and his grandmother was an accomplished basketmaker. Art worked as a logger, a boat builder, and attended commercial art school before travelling across North America. He has been instrumentral in defining the innovative direction of contemporary West Coast design, along with Joe David, Ron Hamilton and others. As well as silk-screen prints he produced wood carvings and engraved jewellery. His use of line and colour were a radical departure from established patterns.