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Born 1951, Prince Rupert, BC
Nelson Cross comes from a well known family of Haida artists. Nelson’s late grandfather, John Cross, was a prominent carver, while his father, Raymond Cross, was a noted leather carver. Nelson is also related to the renowned Haida artist Bill Reid.
Cross began carving in 1973, apprenticing under Gordon Cross for silver engraving and under Pat Dixon for argillite carving. He also studied the art of repoussé and chasing at a jewelry-making course instructed by Peter Page. In the mid-1980s, Cross had the opportunity to work alongside Bill Reid in the carving of the "Lootas" canoe used in Vancouver’s Expo ’86.
Cross currently lives in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands). His first love is jewelry design and production, but he has also produced limited edition prints and original paintings. Over the years he has accumulated an extensive knowledge of the Northwest Coast art and legends, knowledge which is reflected in his artworks.