Cole Speck

Otter Woman, 2020 Cole Speck Cedar, paint, horsehair
Yaksam Bagwanum, 2020
Cole Speck Cedar, oil pastel, horsehair
24H x 19W x 8D”

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Otter woman, 2021
Cedar, pigment, horsehair
Mask 17×13”
Mask with hair 25x 16”

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BEAK MASK, 2020
COLE SPECK CEDAR, CEDAR BARK, PAINT
39L X 44H X 12W INCHES 

(B. 1991, Kwakwaka’wakw)

Cole Speck was raised on the Namgis reserve on Alert Bay, BC. Speck comes from a very strong cultural and artistic heritage. His great grandfather was the late Chief John Speck of the Tlowitsis, father of the late Henry Speck Sr. Cole is also the great grandson of the late Harry Hanuse of Mamalalaka.

As an apprentice of the late master carver Beau Dick, Speck continues to promote Kwakwaka’wakw culture through his practice and the knowledge gained from his mentor. He also apprenticed under master carver Wayne Alfred. Speck has a tremendous love and respect for his culture and he aspires to keep old traditions alive while allowing his contemporary style to emerge.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2021 

Chief Henry Speck | cole speck, ceremonial/art gallery, vancouver bc

2019

Early Works II, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
Devoured by Consumerism, White Columns, New York NY

2018
NADA Art Fair, Skylight Clarkson North, New York NY

2016
Divergent Convergence, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC

2014
Art Toronto | International Art Fair, Fazakas Gallery Booth, Toronto ON
Inappropriate, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
Claiming Space, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC

2013
Story, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
RezErect: Native Erotica, Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver BC