Roy Henry Vickers
(1946 - Present)
Roy Henry Vickers was born in Greenville, B.C. The son of a Tsimshian fisherman and an English teacher, Vickers says he spent most of his childhood in Kitkatla, a tiny ancient village found on the northern end of Dolphin Island, which is located just off the coast of B.C. He studied art at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in Hazleton, B.C. where he began to develop his signature fusion of traditional First Nations art with contemporary designs borne from his own personal style. Roy’s love for the natural beauty of the coast is evident in his boldly colourful sunsets, his peaceful winter scenes, and the subdued misty rivers that capture the essence of the Northwest Coast.In 1987, one of Vickers’ paintings was presented to Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of the Province of British Columbia during the Commonwealth Summit. Vickers was appointed to the Order of British Columbia in 1998 and received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003. His work can now be found in both private and public collections, such as the Vancouver International Airport and the UBC Museum of Anthropology.
Beyond his extensive artistic legacy, Vickers’ is also a First Nations activist and is the founder of VisionQuest, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those with addictive personalities.