Luke Marston

Coast Salish


Vancouver Island, BC

Luke Marston comes from a family of artists. His parents, Jane and David Marston, are carvers, and his brother, John, is also a talented carver and jeweller. He first began carving with Haida/Nisga’a artist, Wayne Young. Wayne taught him a great deal about detailing, and finishing his pieces. Luke continued his education by working with Coast Salish elder and celebrated artist, Simon Charlie. In 1999, Luke assisted Simon with carving four house posts for a public school in Seattle. This same year, Luke helped Sean Whonnock and Johnathan Henderson carve and raise a 25-foot totem pole at the Royal British Columbia Museum’s Thunderbird Park. He has spent several summers carving at Thunderbird Park with Kwakwaka’wakw artist, Shawn Karpes. Luke was featured in two major exhibitions: Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2 at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design in 2005; and Transporters: Tradition and Innovation at Victoria Art Gallery in 2007.