Colby Gates of Old Massett, Haida Gwaii, BC, exemplifies contemporary Haida art. He creates images with movement and fluidity while maintaining rules and respect of traditional formline. He works in many medias focusing mainly on sterling silver, copper, and acrylics.
Colby’s art has a unique perspective on formline that has developed throughout his life leading to the creation of a style true to himself.
Haida artwork embodies images that describe stories, family crests, human, animals, and mythical spirits. Each image he creatures is based on these embodiments and represents his life experience, continuous journey, and rediscovery of his Haida ancestry and culture.
Colby currently lives and works in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada with his wife Kathryn Pernitsky. Together, they have built Love and Legends Jewellery & Fine Art.