James Johnny was born in the province of British Columbia. He is married with two grown children and lives in Nanaimo, BC. Having ancestral roots with Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw native traditions, he is well qualified to represent the art of the Northwest Coast Native people.
Possessing a vast knowledge of his people, legends and mythology he does prints, carvings, totems, stone carvings etc. James has been carving for the past thirty years, during which time he has apprenticed his son, James Johnny Jr, now a prominent carver in his own right. His design in whichever medium he chooses to work with, indicates more than his artistic ability and familiarity with Haida, Kwagiulth, Salish, and Bella Coola traditional styles. His work speaks loudly and clearly of his great love and respect for his Native people and their traditions.