Henderson, Mark

Mark Henderson (1953 - 2016) is a member of the Wewaikum Bank in Campbell River, Vancouver Island. His parents were the late Chief Sam Henderson, a well known Kwakiutl carver and May Mae Quocksister Henderson, the eldest daughter of a high-ranking family of the Wewaikum Band. Mark’s parents were keen to pass on their cultural traditions to their children.

His parents were a major influence on his early artistic development. He spent many hours in his father’s workshop watching him carve and paint. Under his guidance Mark learned the principles of Kwakiutl design. He also studied the work of other great Kwakiutl artists, including Henry Speck, Mungo Martin, and Willie Seaweed. Mark works mainly with acrylic paint on paper, then produces limited edition silkscreen prints from his original paintings. His work is influenced by contemporary events as well as by the old style Kwakuitl artists.

Mark has introduced landscape into his prints, placing traditional Kwakiutl figures in the background that features the unique west coast. These works are very complex, and are some of his favourite pieces. Mark has been developing themes that trace inspirations through a series of prints which are related in subject, colour and content.  

Mark passed away in October 2016 - My heartfelt condolences to the family!

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