Richard Hunt
Pacific Northwest Native Sculptor


The following personal history of Native American sculptor, Richard Hunt traces his career development and chronicles many of his major sculptural works and contributions:

Hunt carves a 15-foot totem pole for the Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan.

With Nuu-cha-nulth artist Tim Paul, Hunt carves a 15-foot totem pole for the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Middlesborough, England, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Cook’s arrival on Vancouver Island.

Hunt completes his first solo pole, a 26-foot totem erected at the main entrance at the British Columbia Provincial Museum.

Hunt carves an 8-foot totem pole for the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris.

Hunt carves and erects a 15-foot pole at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, in conjunction with the Edinburgh Festival.

Assisted by Tim Paul, Hunt carved and erected a 35-foot pole for the CBC Headquarters in Vancouver.

Hunt carves a 12-foot memorial totem in memory of Chief Freddie Williams.

Hunt carves and erects a 15-foot pole for the City of Liverpool, England.

At the request of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II, Hunt travels with Tim Paul to Windsor Great Park in England, to repair and repaint the totem pole presented to Her Majesty in 1958 by the Province of British Columbia in honor of her centennial visit to British Columbia. The pole was carved by Richard Hunt's grandfather, Mungo Martin and his father Henry Hunt. While repainting the pole, Richard met and talked with the Queen when she visited the work site.

Along with Tim Paul and Eugene Arima, Hunt creates a 37-foot long Nuu- chah-nulth whaling canoe. This canoe was on exhibit at EXPO 86 in Vancouver, and has been used on many occasions by the Royal British Columbia Museum.

With Tim Paul, Hunt carves a 25-foot pole for the Southwest Museum in California.

Hunt carves two 15-foot poles for the British Columbia pavilion at EXPO 86 in Vancouver.

Hunt carves a 12-foot totem pole for the city of Duncan, British Columbia.

Carved a 30-foot totem pole for the pavilion at EXPO 88 in Brisbane, Australia.

Hunt carves the world's largest-in-diameter totem pole for the City of Duncan, British Columbia. This pole stands 24 feet high and has a diameter of 7 feet at the top.

Hunt carves a 20-foot pole for a private collector on Bowen Island, British Columbia.

Hunt designs and paints an 8x12 foot dance screen for the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in Ottawa. John Livingston assisted with the painting.

Hunt carves a bear transformation mask for the Science Museum of Minnesota. The museum made a complete grizzly bear costume to go with it. This costume took 3 bear hides sewn together.

Hunt carves a 30-foot totem pole for a private collector in Los Angeles, California.

Richard Hunt has his first solo gallery art show in Vancouver, British Columbia. His fourteen piece exhibition was a great success.

Hunt travels to Los Angeles to give carving demonstrations at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum, and the Natural History Museum. He also travels to California State University for another demonstration and lecture.

Hunt carves, as a private commission, a monumental plaque depicting the Animal Kingdom from the Sea being summoned to dance in the Big House. The plaque measures 15 x 6 feet, is two inches thick and is carved in one-inch relief.

Hunt receives the prestigious Order of British Columbia in recognition of his contributions to the artistic and cultural spheres in the province.

Hunt carves a 4 x12 foot table for the First Peoples' Cultural Foundation depicting Elder's Gathering.

Hunt travels to New York to give a carving demonstration at the American Museum of Natural History. While at the Museum, he carves a 12-foot totem pole for the exhibit, Chiefly Feasts.

Hunt carves a 7.5 foot replica killer whale for a private collector.

Diazed and painted a 20-foot Kwaguilth housefront depicting Raven and Sisuitl, on permanent display at Knott's Berry Farm, Los Angeles, California.

Sat on the board for the selection of recipients to the Order of British Columbia, 1992.

Along with Charles Elliot and Art Thompson, Hunt carves the Queen's Baton used in the Commonwealth Games held in Victoria, British Columbia in 1994.

Hunt is elected to the board of directors of Friends of the Royal British Columbia Museum

Hunt receives the Canada 125 Medal in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and Canada.

Hunt is selected as one of the artists to provide the University of Victoria with its Convocation ceremonial furnishings. Richard's contribution was the Talking Stick; intricately carved with some 60 pieces of abalone.

Richard is asked by the Province of British Columbia to carve the Speaker's clock. This clock was a gift to the Northwest Territories for their new Legislative Buildings.

Hunt sits on the Project 21 Committee board to select native students for an aboriginal studies program.

Hunt sits on the First Nations Artist Steering Committee. This is a joint committee set- up with Small Business and Trade to aid native artists in the marketing of their products.

Hunt travels to Washington, DC to perform a carving demonstration and lecture at the prestigious Smithsonian Institution.

Hunt's design, The Kulus, was chosen as the bronze medal for the Commonwealth Games, Victoria, 1994.

Together with Coastline, Ltd. Richard produces the designs and Coastline produces the garments, for the CBC, host broadcaster of the Commonwealth Games, Victoria, 1994.

Richard receives the most prestigious award of his career, The Order of Canada.

Together with Butch Dick & Art Thompson, Richard is guest curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria/Victoria Native Friendship Centre’s Northwest Coast Exhibit “Nation to Nation” from July 1 to September 4, 1994.

Richard carves a 12-foot pole for the Investor's Group in Victoria, B.C., who then present the pole to Camosun College, Interurban. This pole stands proudly in the newly constructed courtyard at the college. Richard dedicates this pole in memory of his mother, Helen Hunt.

He creates a design for the British Columbia Paraplegic Association to enable the BCPA to raise funds in support of their cause.

Richard creates several designs for UVIC's Conference Management Department for use as convention logos.

Richard continues to provide the Royal Victoria Marathon with their design and logo which he has been doing since 1987.

He travels to Los Angeles, California to re-paint a totem he had carved in 1985 for the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles. While there, he receives a resolution from the City of Los Angeles for his artistic contributions to the City.

Hunt has his second successful art exhibition at the Derek Simpkins Gallery of Tribal Art in Vancouver, B.C. This show is the culmination of nearly two years of work.

Richard is selected by the Governor General of Canada to join the seven-member Board to choose the logo and name for the new Governor General’s Award. While in Ottawa, Richard is the guest at Rideau Hall.

Richard travels to the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, to perform a carving demonstration and lecture.

Richard re-paints the totem pole he carved for the Royal British Columbia Museum in 1979.

Since 1987 Richard has done the logo for the Royal Victoria Marathon. This year he donates a Moon Mask (value $5,000) to increase participation in the race.

Richard travels to the Heard Museum in Phoenix to demonstrate his carving and culture.

Richard performs a carving demonstration and a series of lectures at the Colorado State University and the Denver Art Museum. He also carves a puppet which is on permanent display at the DAM.

Richard is commissioned by the prestigious Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University to carve a sea monster mask.

Richard sponsors the "Big Open" to raise money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. This first annual golf tournament was so successful, it raised $10,000 for the cause.

Richard launches a new line of clothing with his designs.

Richard continues to support the Royal Victoria Marathon with his designs featured on the marathon shirt. Since Richard started working with the marathon, the race participation has increased from 600 runners in 1987 to a record 2200 in 1997.

Richard begins his second term with the “Governor General’s Caring Canadian Committee.”

Richard begins a second term with the British Columiba Arts Council.

Richard begins working on a private commission for a client building a home in Victoria. He designs two totem poles at the outside entrance and a third totem inside the foyer.

Richard begins work on a commission for the Vancouver Airport. He will carve a 16-foot killer whale, which will be situated over water, and a 9-foot thunderbird. This magnificent carving will be proudly displayed at the domestic terminal.

Richard’s work appears in an article in the June edition of Architectural Digest.

The exhibit, "Down from the Shimmering Sky" Masks of the Northwest Coast, opens at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Richard has 11 pieces in this magnificent show.

Richard continues his support of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters. This year's "Big Open" golf tournament raises over $12,000.

Richard performs a carving demonstration and informal lecture at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He continues his work on "Arts vs. Cultural Property."

Alcheringa Gallery in Victoria is home to the exhibit, "Voices of Fort Rupert, the Hunt Family Carves." Richard has three pieces in this show, which sell out in record time.

Richard is one of the artists selected to product artwork for an Exciting development, Shoal Point

Richard completes work on the Vancouver Airport Project. The 16-foot killer whale and the 9-foot thunderbird are proudly erected in the domestic terminal.

Richard completes work on a variety of projects for his private collectors. Also completed are two 61" totem poles for the Chinook Group in Toronto, Canada.

This year's "Richard Hunt Big Open" golf tournament raises an amazing $13,000 for Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Richard begins work on a 16-foot totem pole for a private collector in New York.

Organization and work is well underway for a Richard Hunt retrospective show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in March, 2000. The show, titled “Richard Hunt, Through My Father’s Eyes” will run through August, 2000.

Richard completes the 16-foot totem pole for the private collector in New York.

Richard travels to the Detroit Institute of Arts to perform a carving demonstration and lecture on "Arts vs. Cultural Property."

"Richard Hunt, Through My Father's Eyes" opens at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, March 16, 2000 and runs through August 2000.

Richard continues with his private commissions of masks and carves a welcome figure for his fourth in a series, bronze sculpture.

Richard begins work on a 30-foot totem pole for the Portland Community
College, Sylvannia Campus. The pole is erected on the campus May, 2001.

Richard begins work on a 20-foot totem pole for a private collector in Aspen, Colorado.


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