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John A. Sharkey was born in Powell River, BC, in 1954. He is Klahoose (Salish). He has been creating artwork since he was 16 years old. He carved in many locations in British Columbia, such as Haida Gwaii, Vancouver, and Campbell River, and he has worked with many different artists. John does different types of artwork, including wood carvings, paintings, and glass etchings. He works in the Kwakiutl art style. His inspiration comes from old style art forms, such as Haida art work, as well as from people, such as Sam Henderson, Beau Dick, and Jimmy King. He currently resides in Surrey, BC.
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