Stan Wamiss, born in 1947, comes from Gilford Island, Quatsino. He was raised in Kingcome Inlet, British Columbia. He is a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation
He is the son of the highest ranking chief in Kingcome Inlet Tom Patch Wamiss. Tom Patch Wamiss himself was a very well known and talented Master Carver. Tom taught his son the art of carving at a very early age and Stan loved it. He is married to Nancy and today lives with her in Alert Bay.
His style is reminiscent of the work of Willie Seaweed, whom he considers to be a mentor as well as an inspiration. Stan’s carving is deeply rooted in the traditional Kwakwaka’wakw style, but reflects his own unique interpretations of these forms, elements, and themes. Stan loves to work with red and yellow Cedar wood, species that are central to the artistic history and culture of the Kwakwaka’wakw people.
Stan’s work is in high-demand and featured in many museums and various public spaces. It is always a pleasure to chat with both, Stan and Nancy. They are both incredible warm, friendly, caring and lovely people, as is their large family. We consider ourselves privileged and are looking forward to lots more chatting and of course artwork in the coming years.