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Susan Point (Salish)

Susan Point (Salish)

Susan A. Point is a Coast Salish artist from Musqueam, a First Nation in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Born in 1952, from childhood Susan has been taught the traditional values of her culture and legends of her people by her many aunts and uncles, but above all by her late mother, Edna Grant-Point, and her late uncle, Dominic Point.

Susan began her artistic career in January 1981 designing and creating gold/silver jewellery.  At this time, Coast Salish art was an almost lost art form (due to European contact) therefore much of the native artwork produced and sold through various galleries and museums consisted of northern First Nations art.  Eager to learn more about her own peoples art style, Susan chose to concentrate on the traditional designs and elements created by her ancestral artisans.

Through research and consultation with various museums and libraries (both in Canada and the U.S.), Susan began her study on the design and art style of traditional Coast Salish artifacts.  Consulting with her uncle, Professor Michael Kew, at the University of British Columbia, who focused in “Coast Salish Art and Culture”, Susan then began her career as a Coast Salish artist (representing “all” of her Coast Salish peoples) creating designs reflecting traditional images of the past in jewellery, limited edition serigraphs, and paintings … taken from the spindle whorl which is a disk, elaborately carved, which was used in the spinning of wool by Coast Salish women.

Coast Salish women have used the spindle whorl for centuries to spin their mountain goat wool into yarn. The oldest whorls discovered by archaeologists were carved from stone.

Shell, bone, and whale vertebra were also used, but wood became the most common material from which they were made. Spindle whorls consist of a circular disk and a center pole. They came in various shapes and sizes; the size of the disk and the center pole determined the thickness of the diameter for the strands of yarn

Ironically, although Susan researched and tried to understand the art style of her ancestors, her very first two-dimensional image using the silkscreen process was a “contemporary” print entitled “Salmon”.

Over the past 3 decades, Susan has been instrumental in re-establishing Coast Salish art both in Canada and the United States … drawing inspiration from the images of her ancestors and commencing the use of non-traditional materials and techniques in paper, glass, bronze, wood, concrete, polymer, stainless steel, and cast iron; Inspiring a whole new generation of Northwest Coast artists.  Susan’s biggest reward has been the opportunity to meet elders and teachers from other communities around the world, and to see the current renaissance in Coast Salish art and culture.

As a result of Susan’s willingness, drive, and love of experimentation, she has been awarded numerous public art commissions, including building facades and large sculptures in Canada and the U.S.  To name a few, these large scale works welcome visitors at the Vancouver International Airport, Stanley Park in Vancouver, B.C., the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., the U.B.C. Museum of Anthropology as well as numerous public buildings and corporate developments paying tribute to the native peoples that once inhabited these lands as well as all peoples from the four corners of the earth (past, present and future) who also share and inhabit these same lands.  Susan also has collections worldwide in various museums as well as within homes of private clientele.

For Susan’s hard work over the years, in educating all people on Coast Salish art, which is unique to the lower mainland of Vancouver, the southern tip of Vancouver Island and the North Coast of Washington State, she has been awarded the Order of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne), in addition to a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, a B.C. Creative Achievement Award & Lifetime Achievement Award, appointed to the Royal Academy of Arts, was elected to the International Women’s Forum, an honorary member of the Canadian Club of Vancouver, A Vancouver Civic Merit Award and has received four Honorary Doctorates from the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, University of B.C. and Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Becoming One by Susan Point

Becoming One by Susan Point

$870.00
Imagination by Susan Point

Imagination by Susan Point

$1,500.00
Pacific Spirit 2000 (Frogs) by Susan Point

Pacific Spirit 2000 (Frogs) by Susan Point

$1,025.00
Carving Natures Path by Susan Point

Carving Natures Path by Susan Point

$1,225.00
Spirit of the Taku by Susan Point

Spirit of the Taku by Susan Point

$1,450.00
Time by Susan Point

Time by Susan Point

$1,220.00
Protector by Susan Point

Protector by Susan Point

$1,150.00
Broken Circle by Susan Point

Broken Circle by Susan Point

$1,660.00
Into the Light by Susan Point

Into the Light by Susan Point

$3,000.00
Scanned Salmon by Susan Point

Scanned Salmon by Susan Point

$800.00
Salish Path by Susan Point

Salish Path by Susan Point

$1,900.00
Reawakening Circle by Susan Point

Reawakening Circle by Susan Point

$850.00
Timeless Circle by Susan Point

Timeless Circle by Susan Point

$1,200.00
Remembrance by Susan Point

Remembrance by Susan Point

$850.00
Indian Summer by Susan Point

Indian Summer by Susan Point

$850.00
Corps a Corps by Susan Point

Corps a Corps by Susan Point

$890.00
Sockeye by Susan Point

Sockeye by Susan Point

$1,000.00
Northern Lights by Susan Point

Northern Lights by Susan Point

$1,180.00
Spirits of the Wild by Susan Point

Spirits of the Wild by Susan Point

$1,040.00
Iona Beach by Susan Point

Iona Beach by Susan Point

$1,250.00
People Together by Susan Point

People Together by Susan Point

$1,140.00
Behind Four Winds by Susan Point

Behind Four Winds by Susan Point

$1,000.00
Spirituality by Susan Point

Spirituality by Susan Point

$1,190.00
Tadpoles by Susan Point

Tadpoles by Susan Point

$900.00
Power of the Thunderbird by Susan Point

Power of the Thunderbird by Susan Point

$900.00
Captive Maiden by Susan Point

Captive Maiden by Susan Point

$1,575.00
Twin Thunderbirds and Thunder Lizards by Susan Point

Twin Thunderbirds and Thunder Lizards by Susan Point

$990.00
Celestial Circles (T-Bird IX) by Susan Point

Celestial Circles (T-Bird IX) by Susan Point

$900.00
Circle of life by Susan Point

Circle of life by Susan Point

$970.00
Mountain Mist by Susan Point

Mountain Mist by Susan Point

$970.00
Salish Spirit (T-Bird VI) by Susan Point

Salish Spirit (T-Bird VI) by Susan Point

$970.00
Thunderbird Motif (T-Bird VII) by Susan Point

Thunderbird Motif (T-Bird VII) by Susan Point

$850.00
GENESIS by Susan Point

GENESIS by Susan Point

$1,480.00
Woven Forest by Susan Point

Woven Forest by Susan Point

$3,600.00
Anvil Island (State II) by Susan Point

Anvil Island (State II) by Susan Point

$1,000.00
Anvil Island (State I) by Susan Point

Anvil Island (State I) by Susan Point

$1,000.00
Salmon Blanket Design (Signature Print) by Susan Point

Salmon Blanket Design (Signature Print) by Susan Point

$800.00
Imagism by Susan Point

Imagism by Susan Point

$800.00
Three Rivers by Susan Point

Three Rivers by Susan Point

$800.00
Beyond the Edge by Susan Point

Beyond the Edge by Susan Point

$3,000.00
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Gateway to the Past by Susan Point

Gateway to the Past by Susan Point

$680.00
Southern Coast Salish Journey by Susan Point

Southern Coast Salish Journey by Susan Point

$600.00
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Northern Coast Salish Journey by Susan Point

Northern Coast Salish Journey by Susan Point

$600.00
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Changing Seasons (State I) by Susan Point

Changing Seasons (State I) by Susan Point

$740.00
Changing Seasons (State II) by Susan Point

Changing Seasons (State II) by Susan Point

$740.00
Continuum by Susan Point

Continuum by Susan Point

$290.00
Enduring Spirits (Pacific Salmon Forest) by Susan Point

Enduring Spirits (Pacific Salmon Forest) by Susan Point

$900.00
Orcas at Play by Susan Point

Orcas at Play by Susan Point

$260.00
Pacific Northwest Coast by Susan Point

Pacific Northwest Coast by Susan Point

$800.00