Nicholas Galanin is an internationally renowned artist. Galanin learned alongside master artists who inspired him to push the boundaries of Native art. He has shared his knowledge with students as a guest professor at the University of Victoria in BC and through his Sitka gallery and studio. Sealaska celebrates Nicholas' accomplishment and inspiring works of art.
When artist Nicholas Galanin began apprenticing with his father and uncle, both master carvers, he noticed a societal perception of what indigenous art should be. He’s spent his life dispelling those perceptions. “There are no real rules in the creative world,” he says. An artist of Tlingit-Aleut descent, Nicholas recently received a $50,000 Rasmuson Fellowship from the United States Artists nonprofit organization.
Nicholas studied as a jewelry designer and silversmith in London, and then received his master’s degree in New Zealand. Though he works across all different media, his current focus is on contemporary concept-based art. Says Nicholas, I don’t know what the next project will look like, and that’s exciting.”