Jerome Thomas – Ekinla | Wood Carving

 

Artist

Jerome Thomas – Ekinla
   

Over the past few years Jerome Thomas-Ekinla has been pursuing art in his spare time.  He has been successful in some sales, but most of the profit always went toward living expenses. Jerome is a better educated, young person with a real desire to do well.  He has developed his craft without any significant help and has sold many pieces to established collectors

Jerome was born in Fort Simpson, NT.  He grew up with family and is inspired by his life along the Mackenzie River in the Deh Cho.  He is a gifted young Dene artist.

Education:

·        Arctic College (Ft. Simpson) – Fine Arts Program

·         Institute of American Indian Arts – Fine Arts Program (3-d)(Santa Fe)

Exhibitions:

·        Arctic College Student Art Exhibition – Spring 95 Ft. Simpson

·        Great Northern Arts Festival – Summer 95 Inuvik

Exposure/sales:

·        Dene Cultural Institute – legend of Yamoria (soapstone)

·        NWT Development Corporation

·        Royal Bank  (bear fishing, crow/raven spirit and eagle/man soapstone set of 3) for presentation to a newly constructed seniors home

·        Jane Woodward (Grant MacEwan Community College) – Metis Fiddler (soapstone)

·        Grant MacEwan Community College (Art Acquisition Committee) – Man making snowshoes (soapstone)

·        South Nahanni Airways –  Eagle theme (soapstone)

·        Fort Simpson Seniors Home – lynx (acrylic on masonite)

·        Many other soapstone sales over the last 4 years, since learning carving techniques from Bill Nasogaluak

 

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