Artist: Philip Gray
Tribal Affiliation: Tsimshian/Cree
Born: March 15, 1983
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Phil Gray began carving in 1999 with Salish artist, Gerry Sheena. He also had the opportunity to study Advanced Design under acclaimed Haida artist, Robert Davidson.
Phil works primarily in cedar, alder and boxwood. He creates masks, panels, poles, sculptures and drums.
Philip belongs to the Killerwhale Clan and the majority of his works are created in his traditional Tsimshian style.
In September of 2003, Philip had three of his pieces donated to the Burke Museum in Seattle. In 2005, Phil was featured in the ‘Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2’ exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design in New York. In the winter of 2007, Phil completed a large commission of sculptural works for Sonora Resort on Sonora Island, BC. Also in 2007, Phil completed the Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts Program at the Native Education College in Vancouver, under Kwakwaka’wakw/Haida artist, Dan Wallace. Phil was included in two major exhibitions in 2009. The first was the ‘Challenging Traditions’ exhibition at Ontario’s McMichael Gallery, a show that was dedicated to exploring innovative and experimental works from the Northwest Coast. The second was ‘Continuum: Vision and Creativity on the Northwest Coast’ at Vancouver’s Bill Reid Gallery, which highlighted 23 established Aboriginal artists from BC, Washington State and Alaska. He has was one of the recipients of the 2014 British Columbia Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ artists.
In February of 2010 gold medal-winning Skeleton racer, Jon Montgomery approached Black Tusk Gallery for a native design of his helmet. Phil designed a turtle helmet, which was held by Montgomery throughout the Olympic awards ceremony.v