Calvin Hunt (1956) is the youngest son of Kwagu’l Hereditary Chief Thomas Hunt, and Emma, the daughter of a great Mowachaht Chief and Shaman, Dr. Billy, from the Mowachaht of Yuquot. He is also the grandson of renowned carver Mungo Martin and grandmother, Abayah. In 2004, Calvin was inducted into the prestigious Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and honoured with the BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art in 2009.
His 45 years of carving experience has generated an extremely knowledgeable Northwest Coast artist, whose passion for the arts is evident in the pieces he creates. Known for his expertise in his diverse range of totem pole carving, he has produced works of fine art whose sculpture stimulates influences and communicates thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. His creativity and aesthetic sensibilities have been recognized by collectors around the world, giving him the reputation of an internationally acclaimed Kwagu’l artist whose integrity and commitment is evident by his reliability of completing projects in a timely manner and within budget.
An accomplished dancer and respected member of the Kwakwaka’wakw community, Calvin Hunt believes it is important to attend and take part in their feasts and potlatches that take place in the guwkdzi (Bighouse). These ceremonies are an integral part of Kwakwaka’wakw culture since it teaches respect, humility, and honour: "it teaches us who we are."
Born into a wealth of traditional values, from 1972 to 1981, Calvin carved full time as an apprentice with Tony Hunt, Sr. (Arts of the Raven Gallery, Victoria, BC.). Moving to his ancestral home of Fort Rupert in 1981, Hunt and his wife, Marie, opened their carving workshop “The Copper Maker” and, in 1989, opened the retail art gallery.
Calvin Hunt continues working in wood, carving masks, building canoes, and has a range of silk-screened prints, engraves gold and silver jewelry, as well as creates in bronze and stone.