Born 1951, Alert Bay, British Columbia
Simon Dick is a well known Kwakwaka’wakw artist from Alert Bay, B.C. He apprenticed under Tony Hunt Sr. for four years, at the Arts of the Raven gallery in Victoria BC. He also worked alongside renowned artist Bill Reid earlier in his career.
He is recognized for his creative and beautifully carved masks. Dick blends traditional elements with contemporary influences to create unusual and distinctive masks. Many of his works relate to current social or political concerns, including environmental issues. Some masks are inspired by Mother Nature and the plants she offers to the Native People for their ceremonies and medicines.
Many of the most impressive mask makers are deeply involved in their culture and this is the case for Dick. He is a talented dancer, who participates in traditional dances as a member of the Hamatsa society, the highest ranking secret society amongst the Kwakwaka'wakw people.
Dick has traveled to a multitude of countries to educate enthusiasts about First Nations culture. Today, his highly acclaimed work is held by collectors and exhibited in private and public galleries around the world.