The Tlingits, an indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America, did not have a word for “art” - the pieces they created were part of their culture. Traditional Tlingit formline is the foundation for James’s artwork, an “art form” that was developed hundreds of years ago by his ancestors. Tlingit artwork is very balanced, precise, and it tells a story of his heritage. His work mixes traditional and contemporary Tlingit styles.
S'eek and Ch'aak'
Tlingit Bear and Eagle
Medium: Live Edge Blue Pine
80" x 17" x 1.5"
The piece represents the bond between a father and son. My son's Tlingit name is Séek Tseen, which means Strong Bear. I belong to the Eagle Clan. The 2 represents our bond.
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James donates 10% of every sale to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of his son who was born with the genetic disorder.
James is an original member of the N-Grained Inc family, a collective established by Mark Landvik to further the artistic vision of our community.
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Born and raised in Juneau, AK, James is Tlingit Indian. He belongs to the Ch’áak’ Dakl’aweidí Clan (Eage/Killerwhale). James’s late father Franklin Johnson, from the Yéil naa L’eeneidí Clan (Raven/Shark), first encouraged him to pursue Tlingit carving and learn traditional formline. The Tlingits did not have a word for “art” - the pieces they created was part of their culture. Traditional Tlingit formline is the foundation for James’s artwork, an “art form” that was developed hundreds of years ago by his ancestors, his work mixes traditional and contemporary Tlingit styles.