Eric Parnell Jr.

Tribal Name: Haida| Region: Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Band Affiliation:
Haida Nation.
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Artist Statement

My medium in Northwest Coast Native Art is strictly graphics.
I create Haida designs for limited edition prints. And also do original paintings.
Create designs for hand drums, tattoos, wood panels and canvas pieces.


Eric Parnell has become active as an artist just over a decade now, yet his artistic heritage as a member of the Eagle clan of the Haida Nation goes back many centuries. He has worked at many jobs over his life, but making simple sketches, “doodling,” as he calls it, was always a pleasure for him. His partner, also very artistic, began to notice his talent and encouraged him to devote more to his drawings and to show them to the public. He took her advice. Eric describes himself as “self-taught,” saying that “books were my teachers.” He studied the traditional Haida art forms in the books on this subject, learning the formal descriptions of the shapes and subjects of paintings and carvings and adapting and creating his own distinctive paintings within this tradition. He also began to share with other artists, absorbing their examples, their suggestions, but always following his own inner vision of what he wanted to portray. Eric Parnell’s work is well-known for many public art projects. He specializes in limited edition prints, though originals can be acquired also. Eric also applies his impressive talent to drums, garments, table tops, and ceremonial gear.

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