Cranmer, Kevin

Kevin Cranmer, 'Namgis / Mamalilikala artist Kevin Cranmer was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia, but has lived all but four years of his life in Victoria. Cranmer can trace his ancestry to many Nations of the Kwakwaka'wakw people, as well as to the Tlingit of Alaska. His first formal instruction came under the tutelage of his cousin George Hunt Jr. He later worked with artists Tony Hunt Sr., Tony Hunt Jr., and Calvin Hunt. Cranmer's introduction to larger monumental sculpture began when he first started to work alongside renowned Nuu-chah-nulth artist Tim Paul in Thunderbird Park at the Royal British Columbia Museum. The artist's credits include several large co-operative projects: a 40-foot pole which stands in Stanley Park, Vancouver. a 30-foot pole on display at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa and a 36-foot pole carved for the closing ceremonies at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand. Most recently he has completed an elaborately carved and painted Chief's seat for the newly rebuilt Big House in Alert Bay. Cranmer has been initiated as a hamatsa, the most important of the complex dance societies of the Kwakwaka'wakw. He continues to create pieces for family and for use in ceremonies

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