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I spent most of my childhood and early adolescence learning First Nations form and design from my father, Xwalacktun, a master carver of the Squamish Nation. I developed my own techniques and artistic methodology after fully understanding the traditional foundation of his work. Materials I turn to are metal, red and yellow cedar, lighting, paint, fabrics and found objects to create installations, sculptures, paintings, and film.
James Harry (Nexw kalus) is a contemporary sculptor and painter focusing in aboriginal artwork. He is currently enrolled in his 4th year at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
James was born October 31, 1989 in Vancouver British Columbia. He is from the Squamish Nation (Skwxwú7mesh) and of European decent (Scottish, Irish, and German). He is the son of hereditary chief, Xwalacktun, Rick Harry.
James Harry can be recognized for his artwork at the Vancouver International Airport, a 6’ high metal totem pole that emits LED lights through Coast Salish Iconography.
In 2011, he went on an exchange through Emily Carr University to learn Bronze Metal Casting. Not only did he learn, but he also taught sculpting and painting in various Scottish communities.