Tribal Affiliation: Coast
Floyd Joseph, also known by his Indian name "Tyee", is an internationally recognized artist.
Floyd is justly proud of his heritage and determined to record it in his unique way. His skill and style have evolved following a thorough grounding in art, both formally and informally. Floyd grew up amongst carvers and much of his time was spent listening and watching and finally emulating those around him. His father, the late Chief Larry Joseph, passed on his own legacy as a carver to his son. After graduating in Art from Carson Graham High School in North Vancouver, Floyd attended Capilano College, majoring in sculpture, pottery, drawing and design. During this period he visited many of the galleries and museums of Paris, Amsterdam, and London.
Traditional full-scale House Posts, Poles, and Welcoming Figures reflect his heritage and knowledge of who he is and where he comes from. His carved and painted bowls, masks, and sculptures can be found in museums, galleries, and in private collections throughout the world.
In addition to his work in wood, gold, and
silver, Floyd has produced thirty limited edition silk-screen prints.
One of these prints, entitled "Power",
was acquired by the Royal British Columbia Museum and added to the prestigious
collection of contemporary and traditional Native art -- "The Legacy".
The Coast Salish people are reviving their original culture and artists such as Floyd Joseph are helping to preserve and expand this heritage.