Cole Speck (Kwakwaka’wakw)



As an apprentice of the late master carver Beau Dick, Cole Speck continues to promote Kwakwaka’wakw culture through his practice and the knowledge gained from his mentor.

Cole Speck (b. 1991) was raised on the Namgis reserve on the island of Alert Bay on the northern shore of Vancouver Island, BC. Cole comes from a very strong cultural and artistic heritage. His great grandfather was the late Chief John Speck of the Tlowitsis, father of the late Henry Speck Sr. Cole is also the great grandson of the late Harry Hanuse of Mamalalaka (Village Island).

Cole apprenticed under master carvers Beau Dick and Wayne Alfred. Cole has a tremendous love and respect for his culture and he aspires to keep old traditions alive while allowing his contemporary style to emerge.

In 2010/11, Speck was honoured to assist in the making of the Pat Alfred Memorial pole with Beau Dick. In 2012 he was selected by Rande Cook to apprentice on a totem pole that was later installed in Holland as part of a Northwest Coast exhibit. He participated in “RezErect” at the Bill Reid Gallery in 2013 and in 2014 he took part in “Claiming Space” at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology. Most recently, Cole Speck performed and contextualized works on behalf of Beau Dick at Documenta 14 (2017) in Athens and Kassel.



  • 2019
    – Early Works II, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – Devoured by Consumerism, White Columns, New York NY
  • 2018
    – NADA Art Fair, Skylight Clarkson North, New York NY
  • 2016
    Divergent Convergence, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • 2014
    Art Toronto | International Art Fair, Fazakas Gallery Booth, Toronto ON
    Inappropriate, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
    Claiming Space, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC
  • 2013
    Story, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
    RezErect: Native Erotica, Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver BC