Phil Gray

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Tsimshian
1983 – Present

Phil Gray (b. 1983) belongs to the Killerwhale Clan, and works in the Tsimshian style. He is known for his extraordinary work in red cedar including masks, panels, poles, and sculptures, as well as drums, paintings, drawings, and jewelry. 

In 2005, Phil was featured in the renowned “Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2” exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, followed by a commission of sculptural works for Sonora Resort on Sonora Island, BC in 2007. 2007 also marked the year that Gray completed the Northwest Coast Jewelry Arts Program at the Native Education College in Vancouver, under the supervision of Kwakwaka’wakw/Haida artist Dan Wallace. Gray was also included in two major exhibitions dedicated to exploring innovative and experimental works from the Northwest Coast: Continuum: Vision and Creativity on the Northwest Coast at Bill Reid Gallery, and Shore, Forest, and Beyond at the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2014, Gray won the BC Creative Achievement Award for his contributions to the province, and in 2017, he won both a YVR Art Foundation Mid-Career Scholarship and a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award.

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