" I remember countless nights of my father working quietly at his bench, and it always intrigued me to see the work he created, to learn how important it was to him, and to observe the use of his tools. Being in his shop was like being a kid in a toy store, My father (Dave Galanin) and my uncle (Will Burkhart) allowed me to work with their carving tools and answered my questions. Growing up, they had watched their grandgather, George Benson, working on large projects for the community in his shop.
I'm enjoying pursuing my own ideas. I've done small commissions for the the community and, for me, that's where the most joy comes from. Because that piece takes on a life when it's used and when it's danced. To see it in a context that has inspired artists for thousands of years is excellent. "*
Nick Galanin has studied various art forms around the world, and has taken courses on contemporary jewelry design and silversmithing in London, England. He will also be taking a two year master's course in Indigenous Visual Arts in New Zealand, where he will be working with Maori artists and sharing with them his Tlingit style.
* Galanin, Nick, 'Northwest Artists', Totems to Turquoise, ed. By Kari Chalker, (Harry N. Abrams Inc: New York, 2004) pp. 102-103.