More About Ben Houstie

Ben's works include original paintings, limited edition prints, carved cedar rattles, and paddles. He has worked with Cheryl Hall, Robert Hall, David Gladstone, and Beau Dick. In 1988, he worked under Bill Reid, painting several drums of Bill's designs and 20 paddles for the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. Both his first painting in 1977 and his first limited edition prints in 1987 were sold to Leona Lattimer Gallery. Ben also painted several reconstructed artworks in 2000 for the Museum of Anthropology's The Transforming Image exhibition at the University of British Columbia.

Ben Houstie was born in Waglisla, British Columbia, Canada located along the southern coast of the province. He is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation, whose artwork differs from the north by its bold and colorful depiction’s of Northwest coast symbols.

Ben started making Northwest Coast Native artwork at a very young age. He began painting on paper and on canvas, then progressed to carving cedar wood and in the last five years has taken up the art of jewelry making using silver and gold as his medium. He is more well-known for his paintings than his wood pieces or his jewelry, as he has mastered the two dimensional art form.

Ben is one of the few Northwest Coast Native artists who produce small original paintings and miniature wood masks. The style that he has created is all his own, keeping within the traditional form of his culture. Ben is very much interested in helping preserve his cultural background through his artwork for future generations.

“Art is my language and an expression of who I am and where I come from. Sharing my culture helps to honor and preserve it.”

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