Kwakwaka'wakw, Coast Salish & Nuu-chah-nulth
Born 1973, North Vancouver, British Columbia
Yul Baker began carving as a child. Growing up surrounded by friends and family who carved, Baker easily gravitated towards the art form. In 2003 he decided to take carving more seriously as a full-time profession. He learned technique and design under well-known Kwakwaka’wakw artist, Klatle-Bhi and Salish artist Ray Natrall. Baker focuses mostly on cedar masks and has developed a carving style that is his own. He carries two traditional names, one from the Kwakwaka’wakw (“Walla-bossa-ma”) and one from the Nuu-chah-nulth (“Ge-mock-soth”). His heritage is his motivation when carving a piece..
In 2008 Baker graduated from the Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts Program at the Native Education College in Vancouver. The program was led by Haida/ Kwakwaka’wakw artist Dan Wallace.