Blue moon mask

Tim Alfred,
Port Hardy, BC

People's Choice Award - 3rd prize

Size

48" x 48"

Medium

Red cedar

The blue that was chosen represents the rare blue moon we had earlier this year. It is 4 feet round and 12 inches thick in red cedar with 40 inlaid abalone and cedar bark rope around face and rim.

People's Choice Award - 3rd prize

Blue moon mask

Tim Alfred,
Port Hardy, BC

About the artist
About the artist

Tim Alfred
Port Hardy, BC

I was born in Alert Bay in 1967 and moved to the village of Fort Rupert, BC, in 1985. In 1989 at a memorial potlatch for my brother, my mother's family placed me in the family's chief position at the big house in Alert Bay where I received the name “Mus-cum-tsi”, which symbolizes the four clans of the KwaKwaKaWak'w nation. I first started carving in the renowned Kwakiuti style at the age of 20 and was mainly taught by Stanley Hunt (son of master carver Henry Hunt). Wayne Alfred, Beau Dick and Calvin Hunt were also early influences. I usually knife finish my work but sometimes my work is sanded. I carve mainly in red and yellow cedar, making plaques, masks, paddles and panels. My work can be seen in museums and galleries throughout BC, including Alert Bay and the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, as well as in many collections around the world.