Bear cedar Bentwood Box

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Larry Russo/ Dwayne Simeon,1979

Cedar and acrylic paint


Dwayne Simeon is a multi-talented artist, working as a woodcarver, painter, and jewelry maker. He is a master carver of high quality in all of these media, keeping with traditional museum-quality Northwest Coast art. 

In 1977, Simeon entered an apprenticeship under renowned artists Tony Hunt and John Livingston. Over the next few years, he studied jewelry design at the Vancouver Vocational Institute, as well as, silkscreen production with Philip Oppenheimer at the Vancouver Indian Centre. From 1983 to 1986, Simeon taught three woodcarving and design courses in Vancouver. 

During the important exhibition, Down from the Shimmering Sky held at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Simeon participated in the Artist In Residence program.

Simeon works in Kwakwaka’wakw, Haida, and Bella Coola styles. He has studied these styles of design and their accompanying histories. His art can be found in numerous museums, galleries, and private collections in Canada and the United States.