Born 1958, Alert Bay
Eugene Isaac is a respected Kwakwaka’wakw artist who has lived and worked with many of the most prominent Kwakwaka’wakw carvers, including Beau Dick. He comes from the village of Alert Bay on the northern part of Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland.
Isaac learned two dimensional design at a young age and was later fortunate enough to study under many master artists such as, Mungo Martin, Henry Speck, Willie Seaweed, Charlie James and Blackie Dick. He has been carving for 25 years, and is known for his fine painting work and traditionally styled masks. In addition to smaller works, Isaac is also a masterful totem carver. Among his proudest achievements is a giant Thunderbird totem pole for the Expo '86 grounds, which now stands in Stanley Park, and a Transformation mask for Canada Place, both carved in 1986.