Master carver John Livingston was born in Vancouver, on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia, Canada in 1951. Nation: adopted Kwakwaka'wakw. John started his career at the Royal British Columbia museum in 1965 under the tutelage of the late Henry Hunt and Henry's son Tony Hunt.
John learned Northwest Coast native design in the traditional Kwagiulth style, as well as tool techniques and hand skills. After graduating in 1968, John immersed himself full-time in Northwest Coast art as a career. He has worked on many large commissions with Henry Hunt Sr., Tony Hunt Sr., Calving Hunt, Tony Hunt Jr., Don Yeomans, Robert Davidson, Tim Paul and Art Thompson. During the following years, John participated in several large family potlatches. The Hunt family formally adopted him and names and privileges to a number of important Kwakwaka’wakw dances were given to him.
John is a not only a master wood carver and has worked on many large totem sculptures, he is also known for his fabulous, limited edition prints as well as for his expertise in the restoration and appraisal of native artifacts. His incredibly detailed and fine carvings earned him high regards as a teacher and mentor to young carvers. His pieces are highly sought after and can be found in the finest galleries or in private high class collections around the world. Due to his expertise he is also a consultant to the Royal British Columbia museum in Victoria on Vancouver Island.