Alfred Scow was born December 11th, 1966 in Alert Bay, British Columbia which is located off the northern coast of Vancouver Island. He takes the Kolus, the younger brother of the Thunderbird, as his main family crest symbol.
Alfred is a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation who are known for their bold coloured and strong featured masks that were used ceremonially. This traditional style is exemplary of Alfred’s artwork. It maintains the traditional form and use of colour.
Alfred has only been carving for a short number of years, yet his pieces portray a more advanced ability. One reason is that he comes from a long line of carvers; both brothers and cousins who have educated him on the more advanced and refined methods of carving. Some of his teachers include Beau Dick, Wayne Alfred, Joe Peters Jr. and, his brother, Barry Scow. The medium that he enjoys working with is red and yellow cedar, as well as alder wood.
In 1997 Alfred helped carve a 3 foot long killerwhale feast dish that was used at a potlach in Alert Bay. This provided him with the experience of working on a large scale piece.
Alfred is well on his way to reaching the carving level of his teachers and mentors. It is his intention to uphold a refined quality to his artwork and to preserve the tradition of carving for future generations.