(1976 - Present)
Ben’s Haida name is "Tlajang Nang Kingaas," meaning “the one who is known far away.” He is the son of internationally renowned Haida artist Robert Davidson.
He began carving at the age of 16 and has completed a four year apprenticeship program with his father Robert. Ben has also worked with his uncle, Reg Davidson as well as John Livingstone, who are both experienced carvers. He has worked in three dimensional sculpture as well as two dimensional graphics. Recently he began broadening his repertoire to the fields of jewelry and engraving.
His piece, a chief’s seat, was included in the exhibition Raven Traveling: Two Centuries of Haida Art that was at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Ben is committed to the revival of Haida art and culture and enjoys mentoring younger students as his father did. He is also seriously involved with the traditional Haida dance group, the Rainbow Creek Dancers. His extensive experience as an original member of this group has allowed him to explore the relationship between Haida art culture further.
Ben currently resides in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii.