College of Fine & Performing Arts

Contemporary Artists of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 4:30pm

  

 
 
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Biography
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (mny) is an internationally acclaimed contemporary visual artist and co-founder of Y Public Art.  His work has been seen in public spaces, museums, galleries and private collections across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.
mny is known for the art form he innovated called ‘Haida Manga’.  Haida Manga blends North Pacific Indigenous iconographies and framelines with the graphic dynamism of Asian manga.  Haida Manga is committed to hybridity as a positive force that opens a third space for critical engagement. It offers an empowering and playful way of viewing and engaging with social issues as it seeks participation, dialogue, reflection, and action.

RED Panel by mny
 
mny’s visual practice encompasses a variety of different art forms including: large-scale public art projects, mixed media sculptures and canvases, re-purposed automobile parts, acrylics, watercolours, ink drawings, and illustrated publications.   Exploring themes of identity, environmentalism and the human condition he uses art to communicate a world view that while particular to Haida Gwaii, his ancestral North Pacific archipelago, is also relevant to a contemporary and internationally-engaged audience.    
 
Influenced by both the tradition of Haida iconography and contemporary Asian visual culture mny has created an artistic practice that is celebrated for its vitality and originality.
 
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas began to play as an artist after many decades working in the Haida Nation’s successful campaign to protect its biocultural diversity. Michael Nicoll YahgulanaasHis art works are in numerous public and private collections including the British Museum (London, England), Seattle Art Museum, the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, Canada), the Glenbow Museum (Calgary, Canada) and the Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver, Canada). His large sculptural works are part of the public art collection of the City of Vancouver in Canada. In 2011/2012, mny was the Audain Professor in Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest at the University of Victoria. mny’s publications include A Tale of Two Shamans (2001), The Last Voyage of the Black Ship (2002), Hachidori (2005), the internationally awarded Flight of the Hummingbird (2008), RED, a  Haida Manga (2009), The Canoe He Called Lootaas (2010), and Old Growth (2012). He is also the illustrator of David Suzuki's The Declaration of Interdependence: A Pledge to Planet Earth.

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