Jordan Gallie & Erhen Snow
Designed by: Jordan Gallie - Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ)
Painted by: Erhen Snow - Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ)
Curated by: Roxanne Charles - Semiahmoo
Event: Vancouver Mural Festival
Details: Jordan states that the "People of the Inlet" have a close relationship to the land and the animals. He chose to depict a symbolic frog. In Coast Salish art the use of the frog typically symbolizes the voice of the people as well as innocence, stability and communication. It is also considered to be good luck.Jordan designed the work and after scheduling conflicts asked Erhen Snow to execute the painting itself.
About Jordan Gallie:
Jordan Gallie, a proud member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation was born in North Vancouver, BC in 1989. At the age of nine he was intrigued by the First Nations Artwork displayed at the Museum of Anthropology near the University of British Columbia. This visit sparked Jordan's interest in becoming a First Nations Artist. By the time he reached high school he was creating tattoos and logo designs for family and friends. In 2006, Jordan had attended a Cartoon and Animation Graphics Design course at Capilano University that he successfully completed.
In 2007 at the age of 17 he left Vancouver on a six month volunteer program overseas to Santa Cruz, Bolivia with the Canada World Youth Organization. While in Santa Cruz Jordan worked in a school with less fortunate children. He painted and displayed a 6ft by 6ft Native Sun banner in the children's lunch room where it is still there to see today. Jordan was on of the first Aboriginal youth in Canada to successfully complete a six months overseas program. After completing his journey, Jordan returned home and focused on pursuing his art career.
In 2012 Jordan attended the Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts course for 7 months at the Native Education College in Vancouver, BC. Quickly after graduation his work was shown at the Bill Reid Gallery in downtown Vancouver. His future goals include wanting to attend Emily Carr Institute. Jordan knows he has found the right path that he will proudly walk on.
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