Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

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Haida-Canadian
West Vancouver, British Columbia

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is an award-winning contemporary visual artist of mixed Haida and European ancestry. The descendant of iconic artists Isabella Edenshaw, Charles Edenshaw and Delores Churchill, his early training was under exceptional creators and master carvers of talented lineage. Yahgulanaas has made significant contributions to expanding the understanding of Indigenous art and ideas and has been influenced by both traditional Haida iconography and contemporary Asian visual culture. His visual practice encompasses many forms, including intimate graphic ink drawings, multi-panel watercolours, large-scale public art projects, mixed media sculptures and canvases, and illustrated publications. From repurposed ledger books to reclaimed car hoods, his works are whimsical and original. Yahgulanaas uses his art to communicate a worldview that, while particular to Haida Gwaii, is also relevant to a contemporary and internationally engaged audience.

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