Stan Greene is a Salish artist born in Mission, British Columbia on April 15,1953. His mother was Halkomelum (Sto Lo) and his father was from Semiahmo (White Rock). His grandfather on his father's side was full blooded Nez Perz that traces back to the great Chief Joeseph. He was raised by his grandparents and exposed to Salish culture from an early age.
He began carving at the age of 13. His grandfather had a small collection of carvings and a set of carving tools that Stan studied with as a young man. At the age of 21 he began carving for a living and in 1977 he attended the Kasan School of Art where he learned northern (Tsimshian) design. His teachers were Walter Harris, Ken Moatt, Earl Muldoe and Vernon Stevens. In 1978 he did his first Salish designs for the limited edition prints, "Human and Thunderbird" and "Man with Wolves", which are considered to be the first examples of pure Salish design to be marketed in the Northwest Coast art scene.
He carved at Expo 86 in Vancouver representing the Salish people and has travelled to Japan where a 27' pole that he carved was raised in Kanazawa Park in Yokohama. Stan now carves in both the northern style and the Salish style but but he believes that they should not be mixed. There was no one to teach him the Salish design forms so he did his own research, studying the old pieces in the British Columbia Museum of Anthropology and questioning the elders in his community. Today there is still only a handful of artists that understand the Salish art form. Stan is striving for more understanding of this culture.
Stan remembers being rediculed when he was young. He wondered why he was an Indian. He felt out of place. His art has taught him the value and importance of his own cultural background. A few years ago Stan began exploring his Nez Perz roots. Today he and his daughter are avid Pow Wow dancers travelling around Canada and the USA competing. Stan's name is A-E-Ya which means good doctor.
Stan Greene is devoted to the advancement of the Salish culture but he still finds inspiration from all cultures. His work is in collections around the world. He continues to work. The wood carvings are reminders of stories from the distant past speaking to him like that old collection that his grandfather used to show him.
Fire Deer Shaman
The Stan Greene Photo
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