Nicholas Galanin 2013
Nicholas Galanin, Tlingit/Aleut, born in Sitka, Alaska, has struck an intriguing balance between his origins and the course of his practice. Having trained extensively in ‘traditional’ as well as ‘contemporary’ approaches to art, he pursues them both in parallel paths. His stunning bodies of work simultaneously preserve his culture and explore new perceptual territory.
Galanin comes from a long line of Northwest Coast artists – starting with his great-grandfather, who sculpted in wood, down through his father, who works in both precious metal and stone. Although Galanin’s parents separated when he was a child, he continued to spend important time with his father, especially working together in the studio. The artist looks back on those experiences now as a “very memorable part of [his] childhood” – as this sharing of art became a potent link to his heritage and a vehicle of cultural identity. Galanin studied at the London Guildhall University where he received a Bachelor’s of Fine Art with honors in Jewelry Design and Silversmithing, 2003, and earned a Master of Fine Art degree in Indigenous Visual Arts from the Massey University in New Zealand in 2004. Galanin’s work is included in several public collections including Musée D’Art Contemporain De Baie St-Paul, QC, Canada, Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ, Sealaska Heritage Foundation, Juneau, AK, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK, Pratt Museum, Homer, AK, Museum of the North, UAF, Fairbanks, AK, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK, Shee Atika, Sitka, AK, and the Burke Museum in Seattle, WA.