Friendly Cove, Nootka Island, BC
Patrick Amos is from the Mowachaht Band of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation. His works include silkscreen prints, drums, and red and yellow cedar masks, boxes, and totem poles. Patrick has worked with Art Thompson (Nuu-chah-nulth), Calvin Hunt (Kwakwaka'wakw/Nuu-chah-nulth), John Livingston (adopted Kwakwaka'wakw), and Gene Brabant (Cree). In 1979, he apprenticed with Kwakwaka'wakw carver Tony Hunt Sr. in wood carving at the Art of the Raven Gallery in Victoria, BC. He then apprenticed with Hesquiaht/Nuu-chah-nulth artist Tim Paul at Thunderbird Park at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC, where he worked on totem pole projects with him. These included a 10-foot totem pole for a private commission in New York in 1987, and a 36-foot Hesquiaht pole for the Mauri people of New Zealand in 1990. Patrick is an active member of his community, and he participates in carving demonstrations at various schools in the Port Alberni School District each year. He has taught a Native art class at Duquaht Art School in Ucluelet, BC, since 1991.