(b. 1952, Musqueam, Coast Salish)
Susan A. Point began her artistic career researching and studying Coast Salish art in its “purest” form prior to European contact. Paying homage to her ancestral artisans, her initial goal was to revitalize the traditional art style of her Coast Salish peoples; however, early in her career, it became evident that Susan had her own personal artistic style … like her ancestors … the focus being on originality.
Over more than 30 years, Susan has designed and manipulated a large range of traditional and contemporary imagery to a wide range of contemporary media to create her art including serigraphs, glass, wood, stainless steel, bronze and concrete to name a few. Numerous public art commissions, including sculptures for YVR, the 2010 Olympic Oval, and the gateways at Vancouver’s Stanley Park, have brought Coast Salish art to the world stage.
Susan has received numerous accolades for her work, including the Order of Canada, Diamond Jubilee Award and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. She has been appointed to the Royal Academy of Arts and the National Women’s Forum and has received four honorary doctorates from the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the University of British Columbia.
Photo courtesy susanpoint.com