Born in 1969, Lyle R. Campbell is a member of the Haida nation of the Sta-Sta-aas Eagle Clan of the Songalth Tribe of the Kaighani Haida from Kiusta, Langara Island, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). His family name is “It-in-su” which is pronounced Edenshaw.
His first training as a carver began with his fascination of the native art forms he was surrounded by. His formal training began by completing two years of native designing. He then spent several years as an understudy carefully observing the styles and techniques of some of the north coast’s premiere artists, carvers and sculptors. During this time, his own style was cultivated. He then went on to graduate from the Gitanmax School of North Coast Art (previously known as the K’san Carver’s School).
Today, Lyle works in several media specializing in argillite and wood. He is a first class carver, designer, jeweler and sculptor. He has used his talents to create truly beautiful drums, paddles, blankets, jewelry and dance regalia. His work can be found in many private collections worldwide.
Presently, Lyle resides in Victoria, British Columbia and maintains his artwork on a full-time basis. As well, he enjoys creating and performing new and traditional Haida songs, practicing the oral and written forms of his native language. He continues to study the myths and legends that have been passed down since the beginning of time.