Posted by: cherylyoung | January 1, 2013

Jim’s long association with many First Nations along with his qualifications as a biologist, teacher, artist and author make him uniquely







Born and raised on southern Vancouver Island artist/author Jim Gilbert (1932 – 2000) had a lifetime of exposure to, and experience with, Pacific Northwest Coast aboriginal art.

For thirty years, Jim was a serious student of the culture, heritage and art of the coastal First Nations people. He was also influenced by his father, Harry, who painted and carved in the Native style.

Jim was a versatile and award winning artist, who worked in all mediums in both traditional and contemporary art styles. All his designs were original, using centuries old conventional design elements, structure and colour and his artworks can be found in collections worldwide.

Jim used his artistic skills to create over fifteen hundred original illustrations for the publication of Learning by Doing as well as creating over fifteen hundred original illustrations for the two volumes of Learning by Designing.In these volumes he shares his passion respect for the art form and passes on his own training, understanding, skill and experience with traditional art apprenticeship methods.

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 Over the years Jim was commissioned by a number of First Nations people to produce carvings and silver jewelry to be used for ceremonial activities. 

These pieces have been used with the Haida, Salish and Kwagulth (Kwakwaka’wakw) Nations

Jim’s coninuing desire was to pass on his knowledge and appreciation for the art, In his own words. “It is important to me to to pass on what I have learned and to make others aware of the value of the finest and most sophisticated art form ever developed by an aboriginal people

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Jim,s work will be honoured and available at our First Annual

Shaw Ocean Discover Sea of Love, Sip and Bid

Facebook Sidney Meet Up events


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