James Johnny Jr. was born July 5th, 1973 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada situated along the southern coast of Vancouver Island. He is a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, on his mother’s side and Coast Salish Nation, on his father’s side. He takes the Killerwhale, revered as a powerful hunter of the ocean, as his family crest symbol.
James began drawing and carving at the young age of thirteen (1998) as a result of watching his father, Jim Johnny, carve on a regular basis. Carving came naturally to James since he picked up the skills quickly and achieved accurate, dimensional and balanced pieces that contained a great deal of movement. He prefers to use red and yellow cedar wood as his medium and understands the make - up of cedar in order to bring out the best qualities in his pieces.
Presently, James resides in Victoria and relies on carving for his livelihood. James’ work can be found in many private collections within North America as well as in a small number of galleries. His attention to detail is evident in each piece that he creates and he continues to improve with each carving.
James is one of the many new generation of carvers whose talent and skills will enable him to achieve a prominent level within a short period of time.