UPTOWN CENTER © Joe Wilson 2012, water feature in tumbled Byzantine glass smalti, Uptown Shopping Centre’s Town Square, Saanich BC
Joe Wilson is a Coast Salish artist who was born in 1967, and raised at Koksilah near the small city of Duncan on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. His keen interest in native art began at the tender age of 12 whilst watching his stepfather, Johnny Sampson, design and carve beautiful native artworks. However, fierce competition with his younger brother, Rick, motivated Joe to take his artistry seriously: “That’s when I frustratingly started really applying myself. Even back then I had it in my heart to be one of the best out there in our field [Coast Salish Territory] and I did it.”
His colours are bold and unconventional, yet extremely appealing and rich.
His work is not only authentic by native tradition, it is also an artistic communication link between cultures.
Joe’s talent continue to bring him the recognition that is reserved for outstanding artists.