Barry Wilson was born in Kemano, British Columbia, Canada, located along the Central coast of the province and he is a member of the Haisla nation. Barry takes the Killerwhale, revered for its great strength and skill as a hunter, as his family crest symbol. Well versed on his cultural background, Barry enjoys depicting images significant to his heritage. As an expert silver and goldsmith, he is best known for his shell and stone inlay work.
Barry is Derek Wilson’s younger brother, also well known for his jewelry pieces. Barry is considered one of the experienced jewelry carvers of today and continues to push the boundaries of the art form. His carving is traditional in style, reflects depth and intricate detail in every piece he creates. Barry enjoys carving silver and gold and has made a name for himself in the native jewelry market in Vancouver. His pieces are very distinctive, therefore sought after by many collectors of northwest coast native jewelry. His jewelry pieces can be found in many international collections.
In his spare time, Barry enjoys embarking on large-scale wood carving projects that aim to preserve the Haisla culture for future generations both locally and abroad. In 2001 he traveled with his uncle, Henry Robertson and brother, Derek Wilson to Sweden to assist in completing and raising a replica totem pole made of cedar wood for a Haisla art instillation. This important mission increased awareness of the Haisla culture to the Swedish population.