Jay Brabant was born January 5th 1970 in Victoria, British Columbia. Although he is of Cree descent he was brought up under the influence of the people of the northwest coast.
Jay began carving seriously at the age of twelve under the tutelage of his father Gene Brabant. Together they traveled across the United States and Canada visiting museums and studying old pieces. His main influences are his father and the Hunt family.
" I love the smell of Cedar in the morning." At the age of 30 Jay has more experience than most carvers twice his age. His life has been an immersion in the arts of the northwest coast. Jay is fluent in all the styles of the art form but prefers the stark drama of the Kwaguilth style. His work is known for it's particularly clean execution.
"It is an honor to carve these traditional pieces." Jay goes to great lengths to make his work functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. "The pieces come alive when they are danced."
Residing in Surrey, British Columbia, Jay works at home and at Coghlan Studio. He continues to learn the art form, expanding his studies to the Bella Coola and Tlingit styles.He wishes to work towards larger projects.
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