Maynard Johnny Jr.
1973 – Present
Maynard Johnny Jr. (b. 1973), born in Campbell River, BC, is of Coast Salish descent on his father’s side, and Kwakwaka’wakw descent on his mother’s side. At the early age of six, Maynard began drawing portraits of his family, and by seventeen, he began to explore Northwest Coast Native design and studied ancient Coast Salish spindle whorls, rattles and comb designs. Maynard credits being influenced by other artists such as Robert Davidson, Mark Henderson, and the late Art Thompson.
In addition to his artistic practice, Maynard creates logo and identity designs for a variety of organizations and companies. Additionally, his works can be found on movie sets (Say it Ain’t So) and television series (Grey’s Anatomy). Maynard has also had the honour of painting an eight foot by three foot Coho Salmon sculpture that had been donated to the new World Trade Centre in New York, NY following the 9/11 tragedy. Maynard’s work has also been highlighted on cedar chests gifted to the nominees, presenters, and performers at the 2009 Juno Awards in Vancouver.