Eric Robertson and Rose M. Spahan

Eric Robertson

Born: Vancouver, BC, 1959

Fish Head Soup, 1996, Eric Robertson and Rose M. Spahan, mixed media on canvas, 145 x 156cm, 1996.04.01

First Nations Affiliation: Métis/Gitksan

Eric Robertson grew up in Vancouver, where he met several active Northwest Coast artists and began to work in the conventional Northwest Coast style. These qualities of materials, craftsmanship and design continue to inform his subtle and elegant work which questions the dominant version of history in an attempt to renegotiate contemporary realities. A former Fisheries Officer, Robertson was an Honours Graduate, Major in Three Dimensional Studies, from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1988, and received an M.F.A. from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec in 1992. While pursuing these studies, he won scholarships from the government of British Columbia, Emily Carr College, and Concordia. His work Bearings and Demeanours (1990), is in the collection of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Robertson has instructed at the En'owkin Centre in Penticton, British Columbia, and is a founding member of the Nation to Nation collective.

Rose M. Spahan

Rose M. Spahan grew up in Coast Salish territories with her family and friends from Tsartlip Nation. She graduated from high school in 1980, received her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts (First Class-Honours) in 1989. The Canadian Native Arts Foundation funded Rose to continue studies in Art from a First Nations perspective in Sante Fe, New Mexico at the Institute of American Indian Arts. 

Ms. Spaha at present works for the En'owkin Centre in Penticton as a Visual Arts Instructor. Rose's works have been published with Theytus Books Publishing, Institute of American Arts Press and Mix Magazine. She now works out of a studio/ gallery in Summerland, BC called Starhawk Gallery.

In viewing the visual art pieces of Rose M. Spahan you will find various levels of First Nations work from creation story painting, spirit images in watercolours, mixed media political constructions and humorous collages.