Artist: Ron Sebastion
Tribal Affiliation: Gitksan
In the early 1970s, Ronald studied carving and designing at the Kitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Native Art at ‘Ksan Village, Hazelton, B.C.
Well known in the Native art world, Sebastian’s work can be found in museums and private collections throughout North America, Europe and Japan. His wood carvings which include masks, bowls, bent boxes, rattles, talking sticks, rhythm canes, murals and totem poles of all sizes, have been widely exhibited. Some of his prints have appeared in art books. His finely crafted gold and silver jewellery is in great demand; graduation and birthday gifts, wedding rings and anniversary gifts have become a specialty. Three murals carved by R.A.S. and fellow artist Earl Muldoe were installed in 1977 in the main lobby of Les Terrasses de la Chaudiere, new home of the Department of Indian Affairs in Hull Quebec.
In 1980, R.A.S. and brother Robert E. Sebastian carved a cedar panel for a new school in Takla Landing. A 1.8-metre (6-foot)round mural carved by R.A.S. for the Smithers Dze_l_K’ant Friendship Center can be viewed on the front entrance of the building. His most recent works include an elaborately carved pair of Chief’s chairs and a talking stick with a base stand for the University of Northern B.C. at Prince George. These carvings are used on special occasions by the president and chancellor of the University.
Ron is from the Gitxsan and the Wet’suwet’en Nations. His name is Gwin Butsxw from the house of Spookw of the Lax Gibuu Clan.(Wolf Clan). Ron has been a high-profile figure in the world Aboriginal art for decades.
His commissioned works include murals, like those he carved with fellow artist Earl Muldon, for the lobby of the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada building in Hull, Quebec. For the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, he created two elaborately carved Chief’s chairs and a talking stick, used on special occasions by the university’s president and chancellor, as well as two magnificent carved doors for the university’s Senate chambers. The 10-metre totem pole that stands in front of the gallery in Prince George is also Ron’s work.
Clients from all over the world commission totem poles from his team of carvers.