Doug Zilkie is a carver who has worked in the Haida style since he was only 16. Over the past years Doug has defined his own personal aesthetic which has become distinctly recognizable as his own, resulting in a rapidly growing reputation and a greater demand for his work.
In the early 1990s he developed a successful working relationship with celebrated artist Bill Reid, helping him create the “Spirit of Haida Gwaii”, a heralded work that is now displayed in the Vancouver International Airport and the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. More recently, Doug has been commissioned to create a 30-foot totem pole for internationally acclaimed artist Damien Hirst’s art collection and a 35-foot totem pole for the family of Terry White to be displayed at their private home in Mississippi.
Zilkie continues to prove a multifaceted and varied artist, creating works in a variety of media including wood, bronze, silver, stone and graphics. He is also a highly respected screen printer and has cut the stencils for many prints used in Northwest Coast Native art.