Joshua Prescott-Shaw was born in Victoria, BC, though his cultural background is Saskatchewan Cree. He has lived in Victoria for over half of his life, but has traveled across and lived throughout Canada with his family.
Prescott’s high school taught native art to aboriginal students who took an interest to it. There, Prescott was taught by Victor Newman, a Kwakwaka’wakw artist from Fort Rupert. During this period, Joshua was also mentored by his uncle, Greg Prescott, who carves in the Northwest Coast style. In 2000, Prescott was awarded the graduation prize and top honours as the outstanding aboriginal art student for the entire region.
Victor Newman introduced Prescott to John Livingston, hoping that Joshua would apprentice with him. Prescott has now been working under and assisting John Livingston since. During this time, Prescott has worked on projects for such artists as Calvin Hunt, Eugene Hunt, Art Thompson and Rande Cook.
With expertise in detail carving, Joshua creates a wide range of works, including masks, rattles, drums, canoe paddles and panels in a variety of woods.