Stephen Bruce was born in 1968, in Alert Bay, British Columbia. He is 'Namgis of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation (Kwakwala Speaking people). He began to carve at the age of 18 with local carvers Ned Matilpi, Beau Dick and Wayne Alfred. Stephen has assisted numerous artists with monumental commissions earning him a reputation for monumental work, as well as the understanding and ability to answer to contractual obligations at a very early point in his career. This has continued to be a factor as he has received numerous commissions for totem poles, assisted on many large-scale projects including a replica Kwakwaka'wakw village for a theme park in Holland, and he has completed a solo exhibition for the Derek Simpkins Gallery of Tribal Art.
Stephen was the Head Carver instructing two apprentices during two totem pole carving projects for the U'mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay. In 2006 Stephen started engraving silver and gold jewelry and has been very successful in this form of art as well.
Thunderbird Mask on Stand, by Bruce Stephen
Thunderbird Mask by Stephen Bruce