November 6, 1970
Eugene Alfred is of Northern Tutchone and Tlingit ancestry, and belongs to the Crow clan from the Selkirk First Nation of Pelly Crossing. He has a distinctive Northern style. Both a sculptor in wood and a silkscreen print-maker, Eugene explores exciting new ground in Northwest Coast art. He is descended from multiple generations of artists. His grandmother was particularly well-known for her beadwork, which was exhibited in both galleries and community shows. As a child, Eugene spent most of his summers with his grandparents. His works have achieved an impressive international stature, and are displayed in eminent public institutions, like Canada’s Senate building, and in esteemed private collections, including that of the Emperor of Japan. Eugene's work is continually extending its reach to a wider audience, as his imagery expands dynamically into new forms of Northwest Coast art with a postmodern pulse. In 1997, Eugene completed a design course at Keyano College in Alberta under Tahltan/Tlingit master carver Dempsey Bob. In 2004, Eugene completed a printing course at MacDougall Silk Screen Printing in Whitehorse, Yukon.