LECTURE – Masterclass Thursday, November 14 from 8:30-12:30 am, VA Building, Room 126, Concordia University.
Dempsey Bob is an award-winning woodcarver and sculptor, one of the most illustrious representatives of the Northwest Coast Indigenous art. Born to a highly artistic family in 1948, Tahltan-Tlingit artist Dempsey Bob’s success as an artist was perhaps inevitable. He began learning art forms and art technique from his grandparents and his mother, and began carving in 1969 with guidance from acclaimed artist Freda Diesing of Prince Rupert.
Dempsey Bob’s art work is displayed in prestigious venues across the globe, from Vancouver’s International airport and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., to museums in Germany, Scotland, and Japan.
In 2013, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the preservation of Tahltan and Tlingit artistry.
In addition to being one of the most illustrious representatives of the Northwest Coast Indigenous art, Dempsey Bob is also a dedicated mentor. He has trained many students in both Canada and the United States. He helped found the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art where he teaches.