Carver to Carver: Tim Paul, The River Calls Me
Gordon DickCarver, Artist
I am a Tseshaht/Nuu-chah-nulth artist who grew up in Port Alberni, where I continue to live. I am a Master Carver, jewellery maker, designer and producer of large scale woodcarvings.
I have a deep respect for nature and in my art I work towards striking a balance between influencing the material and having the material influence me. My art is shaped by my values which were taught to me as the values of my culture: To be connected to the environment, to value the language of nature and to pay attention to its teachings. As humans we share our lives on the planet with other living creatures so the presence of animals and supernatural beings feature strongly in my work. We cannot know everything there is to know and there is a larger force connecting everything together.
Tim PaulCarver, Board Member
Tim is a master carver and accomplished artist, and an integral part of the cultural fabric of Nuu-chah-nulth. He is an activist, artistic collaborator, cultural knowledge keeper and holder, and environmentalist. Born in 1950 in the isolated village of Esperanza Inlet, north of Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, he began carving in 1975 under the direction of Ben Andrews and later with John Livingston at the Arts of the Raven studio in Victoria, BC. Tim held the position of senior carver at the Royal British Columbia Museum from 1984-92. Tim sought out time with elders and teachers to record some of their cultural and Nuu-chah-nulth linguistic knowledge. As a career artist he has carved many prestigious totem poles and cultural commissions in and outside Canada, including his current project: a language revitalization pole in Port Alberni. He is a co-founder of the festival.
Join us for the film premiere of “Carver to Carver, hosted by Gordon Dick: Tim Paul, The River Calls Me.” Be sure to watch the short film, “The Importance of Mentors,” as an introduction. The film can be watched it here.
The entire Carver to Carver film series, hosted by Gordon Dick, will premiere on our YouTube Channel at 4pm PST and will be available to view throughout the festival weekend. We recommend watching the series in the order that they are listed in on our playlist:
- Short: Introduction to Gordon Dick – Influences, Cultural Signature and the Evolution of the Art form
- Gallery Walkthrough with Gordon Dick: Nuu-chah-nulth Signatures, Materials and Nature
- Carver to Carver: In Conversation Gordon Dick and Kelly Robinson
- Short: Advice for Young Artists
- Carver to Carver: Joe David, Nuu-chah-nulth Visual Signatures
- Short: The Importance of Mentors
- Carver to Carver: Tim Paul, The River Calls Me