Roy James Hanuse


October 15, 1943 (d. 2007)

Rivers Inlet, BC

Roy was well-known for promoting and working in the traditional Kwakwaka'wakw style. He started to work seriously as an artist in 1966. His first major achievement involved selling four paintings to the University of British Columbia, and these same paintings were published in Audrey Hawthorn's book Kwakiutl Art in 1979. Other highlights from Roy's career included carving a 12-foot totem for the Denver Art Museum in 1972, and carving two totem poles for the Montreal Olympics in 1976. While he was recognized as a wood-carver, he also created limited edition prints, originals, and bentwood boxes. Roy passed away on November 8, 2007.