Ben Davidson (Haida)

Ben Davidson (B. 1976; Haida)

Ben Davidson, 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 Haida artist Robert Davidson. As such, Davidson was immersed in Haida art and culture from a young age. 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 has learned much from his uncle, Reg Davidson, also a highly regarded and established Haida artist.

Davidson specializes in three-dimensional wood sculpture; however, he works in a variety of media and scale, including delicately carved jewelry, cedar masks and panels, paper and forton casts, and monumental totem poles. In 2006, a large carved cedar Chief’s Seat was included in “Raven Travelling: Two Centuries of Haida Art,” a highly popular exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Ben Davidson is deeply committed to the revival of Haida art and culture. He mentors younger students and is heavily involved with the traditional Haida dance group, the Rainbow Creek dancers, of which he is an original member. He recently opened his own gallery on Haida Gwaii, All About U Arts, where he currently resides with his family.