Williams, Harry Sr.
Nuu-chah-nulth artisan Harry Williams (1920-1972) was born in Seattle. His father Wilson Williams moved with his family to Seattle early in the 20th century. Sam Williams, Harry's grandfather, moved to the USA to avoid that his children were forced to attend the residential school system in Canada. Under the tutelage, of his father Wilson, Harry became a well known and respected Totem Pole carver in the American North West. In the 1950's he moved back to Canada where he later married Maria Newfield. Sadly Harry Sr. passed away in 1972, the same year as his father Wilson died. His son Harry jr., born in 1960, became a prominent carver himself.
Harry Sr. carved in a style that was all his own. Though he was influenced by his father and mentor, his carving took on a bold, personal cast that made his work like no other. Unlike his mother, Harry did most of the painting himself. Harry was just as prominent as his cousins Rick and John T. his carvings are superb and in high demand. They are very difficult to obtain since they are not very often on the market. Most of them are part of substantial collections.
When we met his son Harry T. recently, he proudly provided us with this foto showing his father as a little boy together with his grandfather Wilson in 1934
Vintage Model Totem Pole, 19" by Harry Williams Sr., 1950's
Vintage Model Totem Pole, Harry Williams Sr., signed, Nuu-chah-hulth First Nation
Huge cedar 38" Totem Pole, Harry Williams Sr.
Nootka Totem Pole, red cedar, Harry Williams,