A message from the artist
Mulidzas—J. Curtis Wilson (1980-2019)
Mulidzas is the traditional name handed to Curtis Wilson during a family Potlatch held in 2001. Curtis was born, raised and lived in Campbell River. His family comes from the four corners of the Kwakwaka’wakw territory. Curtis’s paternal grandparents come from Axwamees (Wakeman Sound), and Wei Wai Kai (Cape Mudge); my maternal grandparents come from Ba’as (Blunden Harbour), and Wei Wai Kum (Campbell River).
Curtis pushed the envelope and expanded his artistic abilities. He primarily operated privately and had a number of experiences he attributes to his expansions. He worked within the schools offering art classes and working on projects. In 2017 he was invited to be involved in an Art Show which was hosted in the Nanaimo Art Gallery.
He started to carve at small a shed built by his grandfather Sam Henderson Sr., under the instruction of many of his uncles and cousins. Curtis utilized many of the techniques and styles from each and every one of his uncles and cousins. In learning the old styles of his grandfather Sam Henderson Sr., and the new styles of his uncles and cousins, Curtis developed a unique style of his own.
Curtis tragically passed away at the age of 39 leaving behind a young family and a thriving body of work including the Canadian Indigenous Flag. We are grateful that we got to know him and work with him on this flag.