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Wesley, Ray (b. 1935)

Cultural Group : Tsimshian

Ray Wesley was born January 19, 1935 in Port Essington, near Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada. This area is representative of the Tsimshian Nation, a tribe that inhabits the northern coast of the province. Ray takes the Black Fish, a commonly depicted northern motif, as his family crest. Ray has been carving for over forty years (1995). He lists, Wilfred Stevenson, a prominent Northwest Coast Native artist, as his teacher and inspiration. Ray carves in such mediums as wood, silver and gold, ivory and he does silk-screen prints. Presently, Ray resides on Vancouver Island and through his carvings preserves the art of his ancestors for future generations.