A little about the artist
Noel Edward Brown
Noel Brown is a member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation which is on the East Coast of Vancouver Island. Noel has his Great Grandfathers traditional name Yutsatsa along with his given name Edward, which he is very proud of for his Great Grandfather is still talked about in traditional Coast Salish ceremonies to this day. Noel’s Grandfathers, Ed Brown and Willy Lewis were both well established artists, along with many Aunts and Uncles on both sides of the family, which exposed Noel to the culture and art his entire life. James Christopher Lewis, Noel’s Uncle, is his biggest inspiration and was a very influential person in his life. After James passed, two other uncles, Mathew & Richard Baker took Noel under their wings and really taught Noel the art and the true cultural meanings of the creatures he carves today.
Carving professionally since 1995, Noel’s art can be found worldwide in galleries and private collections alike.
Noel lives in Cedar, BC, just south of Nanaimo on traditional Snuneymuxw First Nation lands with his wife and three boys, Marvin, Paddy, and Richie.