Andy Westley

British Columbia Artist

ANDY TSU-ECH WESLEY is a member of the Skidegate Band being Killer Whale Clan from the House of Hagbegwatku. He was born in Prince Rupert, Northern British Columbia in 1961. In 1981 he graduated from Templeton Senior Secondary, having majored in woodworking and went on to study carpentry at Capilano College. Further studies were continued at Tradeworks Carpentry School. Andy first became interested in native art while watching his grandfather, Tom Hans carving argillite totem poles. In 1984 he attended a basic Native Art course at the Museum of Prince Rupert which lead to learning Kwagital style mask carving from Carl Simon. While learning engraving from Reg Wesley, he was encouraged to pursue Haida style carving.

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