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Henry Hunt



First Name: Henry

Last Name: Hunt

Full Name: Henry Hunt

Alternative Names: 

Date of birth: October 16, 1923

Place of birth: For Rupert, British Columbia, Canada

Date of death: March 13, 1985

Place of death: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Community/Heritage: Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) 

Sex: Male

Art Media: carving, masks, totem poles


Henry Hunt was born in 1923 in Fort Rupert, Vancouver Island into the Kwagiulth cultural group. Hunt’s father was Jonathan Hunt and his grandfather was the great ethnologist George Hunt. 

Hunt was originally a logger and fisherman but went to Victoria to help his father-in-law, renowned artist Mungo Martin, at the British Columbia Provincial Museum in Victoria in 1954. Hunt eventually succeeded Martin as chief carver in 1962. During his time at the museum, he reproduced many of the old and historic totem poles of the Northwest coast. 

Hunt is known for carved masks and totem poles. He was influenced by Kwakwaka’wakw artists like Arthur Shaughnessy, and followed their carving tradition by using minimal paint and deep cuts with traditional tools. His work was inspired by his participation and interest in Kwagiulth dances and ceremonies. 

Hunt passed on his skills and techniques to his sons, Richard, Tony and Stanley, who have all become master carvers and acclaimed artists in their own right.


  • 2017: The Art of Still Life - Nunnington Hall, Chris Beetles Gallery, St. James’s, London, United Kingdom
  • 2018: Pacific Northwest Coast - Select works from Private Collections, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, Ontario Canada


1983: Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria


Title Last Sold At Auction
"EAGLE AND SALMON" & "KWA-GULTH LOON" 2021-04 (April 2021)
DZUNUKWA (WILD WOMAN) 2020-10 (October 2020)
PUGWIS MASK, CIRCA 1960 2023-11 (November 2023)
WHALE MASK, 1981 2023-11 (November 2023)
WOLF MASK 2019-10 (October 2019)

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