Corrine Hunt's original sketch for the Orca Eagle Spirit Wrap.
Born in Alert Bay British Columbia in 1959, Corrine has been creating contemporary art that reflects the themes and traditions of her First Nations Komoyue and Tlingit heritage since 1985.
Corrine’s works include engraved gold and silver jewelry and accessories, custom furnishings in carved stainless steel and reclaimed wood, modern totem poles and other sculptural installations.
A member of the Raven Gwa’wina clan from Ts’akis, a Komoyue village on Vancouver Island, Corrine’s rich family history includes internationally renowned First Nations artists Henry, Richard and Tony Hunt, all of whom have influenced her art. Her maternal uncle, Norman Brotchie, piqued her interest with his beautiful hand carved jewellery and was instrumental in introducing her to the Kwakwaka’waka art history. Corrine too has mentored First Nations and other artists and continues to be a strong and vocal supporter of the arts in British Columbia.
From the beginning of her career engraving rings, bracelets, pendants and broaches, Corrine has searched for unique ways to bring the stories of her First Nations culture to contemporary life. “I want to show how both the First Nations people and the art have evolved,” she explains.
In that process, she is continually inventing and reinventing stories from her culture, honouring her roots and cultivating a refreshing artistic expression at the same time. The results are extraordinary pieces that are both ageless and contemporary. The engravings are not overly ornate; like poetry, they convey their message using as few lines as possible.
Similarly, the custom furnishings combine materials that speak to old and new, and bring the concept of living culture into contemporary homes. Corrine began designing furniture and other installed art pieces in part because in First Nations households, adorned furnishings are part of daily life. Objects in the home are not only beautiful, they are also practical and infused with cultural significance.
Corrine’s work is internationally recognized and celebrated. She designed the art for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic medals. In 2017, the British Museum commissioned a piece from Corrine entitled “Object: Air meets Water” for their “Where the Thunderbird Lives” exhibition of Northwest Coast art and cultures.
Corrine Hunt & Olympian Mark McMorris with the 2018 jackets (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)
The next year, Corrine partnered with Granted Sweater Company and Burton to create jackets for the Canadian Freestyle Snowboard team to wear at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. A solo exhibition in 2019, “Resilience: Through Laughter” showed Corrine’s versatility in a variety of media and forms.
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