George David was born in the village of Clayoquot on the west coast of Vancouver Island, which is considered the territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth people.
He spent the first seven years of his life there, before his family relocated to Seattle. During this time, George David maintained a positive connection with his cultural heritage through his late father, Hyacinth David. George David comes from a family of skilled artists, including his brother, Joe David and Joe’s son Douglas David.
George David is an internationally-acclaimed master carver, who has studied many Northwest Coast styles, including those of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Makah, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Bella Coola, and Kwagiulth First Nations. He contributes much of what he has learned to his brother, along with artists such as Ron Hamilton and Art Thompson who was his cousin.
His work is in the collection of King Olaf of Norway and the City Hall of Kobe, Japan. Over the years, he has completed many commissions such as the two 36 foot canoes for Chief Seattle’s gravesite and numerous monumental poles.