March 17, 1966
Alert Bay, BC
Sean Whonnock was first inspired by his late cousin, Kwakwaka'wakw artist Joe Peters Jr., when he watched him carve during the ages of eight and nine. He started carving when he was given his first set of tools in 1978, and has been carving professionally since 1992. While Sean has learned a great deal from studying the works of Mungo Martin, Willi Seaweed, and Charlie James, he has also received guidance from Richard and Tony Hunt. He worked at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, BC, from 1997 to 1999 as a demonstration carver. Sean produces prints, drums, and sculptures in addition to works in wood. He is particularly well-known for his shaman rattles, which showcase both his technical skill and his distinctive style.