January 13, 2013

Artist Spotlight: Dean Hunt (Heiltsuk)

Both artistically and musically inclined, Heiltsuk artist Dean Hunt has explored a variety of media since we last featured him in our Winter 2008 Newsletter. At that time, he was partway through an apprenticeship with his brother, Shawn Hunt, and father, Bradley Hunt. Since then, we've seen some remarkable pieces including  a pair of hand-carved sterling silver Berry Picker earrings, a spectacular Mouse Woman cedar sculpture, and a vibrant, hand-painted Mouse Woman on canvas. Dean also explores the realm of music as a DJ and Music Producer, where he is known as dj deano.

Dean Hunt Acrylic Painting on Wood Panel, Sea Monster, 20" x 16", $750.00; Bumble Bee, 24" x 18". $900.00
Some of our favorite pieces by Dean are his playful acrylics on wood panels, which generally have given life to less common imagery in Northwest Coast art. His style is very geometric, bold and alive with color. The two images above represent a Sea Monster (left) and Bumble Bee (right). 

Dean Hunt, Sterling Silver Earrings, Berry Picker, 2 1/8" x 5/8", $400.00; Sterling Silver Bracelet, Robins, 1" x 6", $1,200.00
Dean's unique choice of imagery is also evident in his jewellery - from Mushrooms to Robins to Sparkling Raindrops. His pieces are crisp, thoughtful and beautifully executed. Come by the gallery to see a selection of Dean Hunt's pieces.

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