Charles Elliott is among the very best of British Columbia’s contemporary artists. A master carver of the Coast Salish Art tradition, his works are considered by many to be masterpieces, and can be found in private collections around the world.
Mr. Elliott has worked tirelessly to reclaim the heritage and culture of the Coast Salish people. Inspired by his love of the Salish Art tradition, he has worked steadily for four decades to revive the Coast Salish Art discipline, which was in danger of being lost. Through extensive research, Mr. Elliott was able to locate images and information on the symbolic imagery and language of the Coast Salish people, which he brought back to life in his artwork.
Mr. Elliott’s generosity of spirit and outstanding artistic skills have enabled him to retain the integrity and richness of Salish traditions. His desire to encourage artists and youth in the knowledge of these traditions has been an inspiration to others. Mr. Elliott has lectured on Salish art to all levels of education, and has acted as a mentor to countless emerging artists while still producing a high volume of artwork. He is a leader in his community, volunteering countless hours toward cultural education and the promotion of Salish Art.
Charles Elliott has produced many notable carvings, from special commissions for totems and sculptures, to ambassadorial works, such as the Queen’s Baton for the 1994 Commonwealth Games, and the creation of a Talking Stick for Nelson Mandela.