Brian J. Francis
Born in Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories 1987, Brian J Francis a citizen of the Tetlit Gwich’in Council who discovered his passion for carving when he moved to Whitehorse, Yukon in 2001.
In 2006, Brian joined the Northern Cultural Expressions Society’s carving program where he fully embraced the opportunity to work with renowned artists Ken Anderson, Calvin Morberg, Lewis McKenna, William Callaghan and, Sean Hinton, and Victor Reese of British Columbia and, Tlingit Master Carver Wayne Price of Haines Alaska. From these teachings, Brian has projected his new skillset to further his artistic style.
The combination of Brian’s education and experience teaching in local Elementary Schools are displayed in his ability to interact and lend advice and instruction to other carvers. Leading classes, courses and workshops at the Northern Cultural Expressions Society studio, Brian is able to express his art form through interactive instructing.
Brian’s work has been displayed in local galleries, as well as in the Kootenay Gallery in Castlegar B.C.
“I like to carve because it’s like the old art forms yet continues growing after all these years. It’s amazing to look back to the old masks and paddles and realize they were made with very simple tools. I believe you have to know where you’ve come from to know where you’re going. Carving is also a good way to learn to respect other’s artwork styles.”