Paul Ygartua’s native art gallery.
We are proud to be showcasing new works that have been posted in this online gallery – West Coast Native Masks. We hope you all enjoy the vibrant colours and strong spirits that are expressed by each one. Being able to capture the Indomitable Spirit of the West Coast Natives of Canada is something special. View Paul’s latest creations. Paul has been painting the native people since immigrating to Canada over 40 years ago. He has been passionate about their on going fight and the history these people have endured over the centuries.
Paul has always admired the culture and rituals of the west-coast natives in Canada. He has had close relations with the famous Chief Dan George’s (chief of the Tsleil-Waututh) son, Chief Leonard George who is also a collector of Paul’s work. Over the years this has given him the opportunity to participate in many interesting projects with the Native People of Canada.
Words from the Artist
“I’ve been influenced and inspired by our First People of Canada in many ways. I find it enlightening and spiritually exhilarating when working with subject matter such as the Indomitable Spirit. I depict this journey of the indigenous people of British Columbia through their struggle and their cultural heritage. The carving of great masks and totems. The masks are hidden, as if breaking out from the undergrowth in the forest. It’s a force that only nature can reckon with. Creating a medium that includes brush and palette knife to carve in the subliminal shapes of the masks and totems. I believe that it is important to be visually and emotionally moved by my work. I try to capture the strength of the indomitable spirit and to captivate the viewer is always a challenge that I particularly enjoy.”
Native artwork for sale on our other online galleries can be found on Ygartua Originals.
View the latest original paintings that are currently being showcased in Eagle Spirit Gallery on Vancouver Grandville Island.