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Interview with Nicholas Galanin

Born in Sitka, Alaska, Nicholas Galanin has struck an intriguing balance between his origins and the course of his practice. Having trained extensively in ‘traditional’ as well as ‘contemporary’ approaches to art, he pursues them both in parallel paths. His stunning bodies of work simultaneously preserve his culture and explore new perceptual territory. Galanin studied at the London Guildhall University, where he received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with honors in Jewelry Design and Silversmithing and at Massey University in New Zealand earning a Master’s degree in Indigenous Visual Arts. Valuing his culture as highly as his individuality, Galanin has created an unusual path for himself. He deftly navigates “the politics of cultural representation”, as he balances both ends of the aesthetic spectrum. With a fiercely independent spirit, Galanin has found the best of both worlds and has given them back to his audience in stunning form.

I dreamt I could fly. Nicholas Galanin. 60 porcelain arrows installation. 2013

I dreamt I could fly. Nicholas Galanin. 60 porcelain arrows installation. 2013

Natural Resource & Space Invader. Leornard Getinthecar (Nicholas & Jerrod Galanin). Hides, Ink, Paint.  2013

Natural Resource & Space Invader. Leornard Getinthecar (Nicholas & Jerrod Galanin). Hides, Ink, Paint.  2013

Inert. Nicholas Galanin. 2009. Collection of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle 

Inert. Nicholas Galanin. 2009. Collection of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle 

Earlier Event: December 11
Interview with Monica Canilao
Later Event: January 10
Interview with Justin Ray "13Pieces"