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Ben Houstie

Kwakwaka'wakw

Ben Houstie is a Heiltsuk Nation artist born in 1960 in Bella Bella, British Columbia.

Ben began expressing his artistic abilities at a young age. He began painting on paper and canvas, then progressed to printmaking, carving cedar, and silver and gold jewellery-making. Houstie has worked with different artists, including Cheryl Hall, Robert Hall, David Gladstone, and Beau Dick. In 1988, he worked under Bill Reid, painting several drums of Bill’s designs and 20 paddles for the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. In 2000, Ben painted several reconstructed artworks for the Museum of Anthropology’s “The Transforming Image” exhibition at the University of British Columbia.

Houstie developed his unique style, maintaining and preserving the traditional forms of his cultural heritage and background through his artwork.

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
KILLER WHALE 2016-03 (March 2016)
KILLER WHALE/SEAL 2013-03 (March 2013)
SEA OTTER 2018-11 (November 2018)
"BUTTERFLY" & "LOON" 2021-06 (June 2021)
EMERGING KILLER WHALE TRANSFORMATION, TO RAVEN 2018-11 (November 2018)
FROG FAMILY 2018-11 (November 2018)
HUMMING BIRD 2015-12 (December 2015)
KILLER WHALE 2021-06 (June 2021)
KILLERWHALE 2015-12 (December 2015)

Recent Auction Results

KILLER WHALE
Estimate: 100 — 125
Sold: Jun 2021 — Sold For: $96
"BUTTERFLY" & "LOON"
Estimate: 100 — 125
Sold: Jun 2021 — Sold For: $156
EMERGING KILLER WHALE TRANSFORMATION, TO RAVEN
Estimate: 150 — 200
Sold: Nov 2018 — Sold For: $192
SEA OTTER
Estimate: 150 — 200
Sold: Nov 2018 — Sold For: $240
FROG FAMILY
Estimate: 150 — 200
Sold: Nov 2018 — Sold For: $252
KILLER WHALE
Estimate: 200 — 300
Sold: Mar 2016 — Sold For: $156

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