Luke Marston – Major Coast Salish Artist On The Path To International Recognition

Luke Marston’s  journey as an artist is deeply rooted in his family.And today at age 41 he already is receiving recognition for his works.

Striking, Phenominal and Exquisite Works Rooted in the Tradition and History of His People

Luke Marston’s path started at age 12, and by age 18 he had some of the most renowned Northwest Coast Carvers teach him the art of carving.

Luke Marston’s  journey as an artist is deeply rooted in his family.

And today at age 41 he already is receiving recognition for his works that other major carvers only achieved at a much older age.

He  was born on Vancouver Island to carvers Jane and David Marston. He worked first with Coast Salish Master Carver Simon Charlie, followed by five years at the Royal British Columbia Museum’s Thunderbird Park. For over a decade, he has exhibited at Alcheringa Gallery (Victoria) and the Inuit Gallery (Vancouver). He’s also exhibited in the United States and Japan, and has received commissions from the Canadian Government, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the Nanaimo Airport.

In 2010, Luke was commissioned to complete a Healing Bentwood Box for the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This large cedar chest now travels throughout Canada as a symbol of healing for First Nation peoples across the country.

In the Spring of 2015, Luke Marston unveiled five years of hard work and determination in his feature piece at Brochton Point in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC. This international project was inspired by Luke’s Coast Salish and Porteguese ancestors and is a 17 foot bronzed sculpture integrating traditional Coast Salish carving casted in bronze and surrounded in a mosaic created of stone from Portugal. This sculpture is known as Shore to Shore and more detailed information can be found at

In this edition of Cool Conversations Luke talked to George Froehlich about:

How art is a way of life for him. Often, even at the breakfast table, he thinks about a new project and what he can do with it.

He has been around art all of his life – it started when he age 12 and he began making model canoes and canes.

Why his art is deeply rooted in Coast Salish history.

Why Northwest Coast art has the potential to become the number one art form in the world.

What inspires him.

The success that many Northwest Coast artists are having is rubbing off on the younger generation.

Why he loves teaching art to young children,

How his young daughters began carving at age 5.

Making money from his art is not his driving factor.

What is the key to his success.

Shore to Shore: The Work of Luke Tsu ts’u mult Marston

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