A message from the artist
Gila Kasla (Thank You),
I am very grateful that you are enjoying the work that I put into my art. I am very fortunate to have such a rich family in their willingness to teach and share their knowledge and expertise with me, which has enabled me to create an art style of my own. It has given me the ability to share my artist abilities and to them all I am very thankful.
– Mulidzas-Curtis Wilson
Mulidzas—J. Curtis Wilson
Mulidzas is the traditional name handed to Curtis Wilson during a family Potlatch held in 2001. Curtis was born, raised and currently lives in Campbell River. His family comes from the four corners of the Kwakwaka’wakw territory. Curtis’s paternal grandparents come from Axwamees (Wakeman Sound), and Wei Wai Kai (Cape Mudge); my maternal grandparents come from Ba’as (Blunden Harbour), and Wei Wai Kum (Campbell River).
Curtis continues to push the envelope and expand his artistic abilities. He continues to primarily operate privately and has a number of experiences he attributes to his expansions. He continues to work within the schools offering art classes and working on projects. In 2017 he was invited to be involved in an Art Show which was hosted in the Nanaimo Art Gallery.
He started to carve at small a shed built by his grandfather Sam Henderson Sr., under the instruction of many of his uncles and cousins. Curtis utilizes many of the techniques and styles from each and every one of his uncles and cousins. In learning the old styles of his grandfather Sam Henderson Sr., and the new styles of his uncles and cousins, Curtis continues to develop a unique style of his own.
Curtis’s experiences in artwork are expanding every day and he is constantly learning new techniques that will help him expand his abilities with his art. Curtis continues to learn new aspects of his culture and heritage every day and one of his goals in life is to learn as much about his culture and heritage, so he can pass it on to the next generations.
To contact Curtis or see more of his work, please visit: www.curtiswilson.ca