(1972 – Present, Comox-Kwakwaka’wakw)
Born in 1972 in Comox, British Columbia, Andy Everson’s exploration of his Comox and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestry has taken many forms over the years. Andy credits his grandparents for their support and encouragement to learn more about both his Comox and Kwakwaka’wakw heritage. Though Andy is perhaps best known for his thoughtfully designed and insightful giclee prints, he is also an active dancer, singer, and academic, having received a Master’s degree in anthropology. His interest in Northwest Coast art took hold at an early age, but it was not until 1990 that Andy began to take his artistic practice seriously. His early works included designing and painting chilkat-style blankets for use during potlatch dances, and he later expanded his repertoire to reflect his Kwakwaka’wakw roots as well as his experiences in the modern world. Andy has produced a number of designs to commemorate specific and significant events, such as the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Today Andy is one of the most innovative artists on the coast, frequently uniting disparate themes and designs in his work that challenge and reinvigorate traditional Northwest Coast art.