1976 – 2020
Ben Davidson (b. 1976 – d. 2020), whose Haida name is tlajang nang kingaas (“the one who is known far away”), was born to a long lineage of highly respected Haida artists, and is the son of internationally renowned artist Robert Davidson. Growing up, Davidson was immersed in Haida art and culture. He began carving at the age of sixteen, eventually completing a four-year apprenticeship with his father in 1998. In addition to working with his father, Davidson also learned from his uncle, Reg Davidson.
Davidson specialized in three-dimensional wood sculpture but also worked in a variety of media and scales, which include delicately carved jewelry, cedar masks and panels, paper and forton casts, and monumental totem poles.
Davidson was deeply committed to the revival of Haida art and culture. He mentored younger students and was heavily involved with the traditional Haida dance group The Rainbow Creek Dancers. He opened his own gallery on Haida Gwaii called All About U Arts in 2012.