1974 – Present
Morris (Moy) Sutherland (b. 1974, Ahousaht, BC; Nuu-chah-nulth) is a Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation artist from Tofino, BC and based in Victoria, BC. He carries two traditional names stemming from his Nuu-chah-nulth background: Hiish-miik and Chioton, which translate to “someone who gets whatever they are after, and “someone who helps”, respectively.
Finding a single medium to be too prohibitive to his artistic practice, Moy works with and amalgamates many different mediums, such as wood, metal, stone, and has the benefit of having learned from both Kwakwaka’wakw and Nuu-chah-nulth artists. Having studied carving under the tutelage of renowned Coast Salish Artist Joe Wilson, he then moved on to studying the Nuu-chah-nulth style with Mark Mickey in Port Alberni, and later to jewelry making under artist Art Thompson. These experiences give him a broad understanding of Northwest Coast Art, and deeply inform his practice of carving, sculpture, jewelry-making, totem pole carving, bentwood box-making, articulating masks and Nuu-chah-nulth design structure.
His work can be found in galleries, museums, magazines & books, and private collections worldwide.