About the Artist

Coast Salish Artist: Charlene Johnny, Quw’utsun' Tribes

Charlene Johnny is a Coast Salish artist from the Quw’utsun Tribes of Duncan, B.C. living and working on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She has apprenticed under well known artists and has formal art training from Native Education College. She began her career in 2012 when she won two artist grants from the YVR Art Foundation under mentorship of Alano Edzerza and Tsema Igharas working with business, graphic design, photography, glass and textiles. In 2018 she graduated NEC’s Jewellery Arts program under the tutelage of Jon Erikson and Sharifah Marsden. She studied silver and copper carving along with mural art. In the same year, she apprenticed in the medium of painting with Maynard Johnny. With her interdisciplinary approach to art, she will continue to work in various mediums to explore and express her ancestral artwork through a number of contemporary ways.