Paul Ygartua in Eagle Spirit Gallery – Native Masks & Portraits

Paul’s latest Native Artwork is currently being exhibited at the Eagle Spirit Gallery on Granville Island, Vancouver. To view his latest Native Masks in our gallery.

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, giving him the opportunity to participate in many interesting projects with the Native People of Canada.

Surrounded by Canada’s best Native art work, the extraordinary West Coast monumental scuptures are impressive and compelling. These scuptures of great value not only represent the West Coast Native Artists of today, but they are an important historical reference for all collectors.

It is a privilege and honor to exhibit my work along side some of the most important sculptors of our time, not only complimenting my art work, but creating an ambiance, spiritually captivating and historically important–it is dramatic and breathtaking.

West Coast Masks were an essential part of important winter ceremonials, which re-enacted the adventures of hero-ancestors and spirit beings in the mythological past. The rights to these ritual dances were passed down in families as treasured privileges, and while the themes are similar, the ceremonies were complex and varied in detail from region to region. Some of these traditions are still maintained today.


Paul Ygartua painting in Vancouver studio

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