Maynard Johnny Jr. was born April 4, 1973 in Campbell River, B.C. He is of Kwaguilth and Coast Salish descent, inheriting a unique blend of culture and tradition and having lived in both Canada and the United States, Maynard also is influenced by the native cultures in both countries. Maynard began drawing at the age of six, however it was not until he was seventeen that he began working seriously at native art.
Since that beginning with native art, Maynard has won a number of logo and art competitions. His blending of the Salish and Kwaguilth art forms has resulted in a unique and contemporary vision of many of the traditional legends. Maynard tries to incorporate those legends with each piece that he does and in the telling of the story, he continues a long tradition that enhances his artwork and authenticates his interpretation of the designs.
With the unique blend of colour, design ideas, cultures, and stories that make up each of the pieces Maynard creates, he is certain to become one of the new young native artists avidly being sought after today.
Image: Justine Drummond
Text: Maynard Johnny Jr.
Maynard was the 2013 Visiting Artist. Learn more and watch an artist interview here.
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