Richard Hunt (artist)

Richard Hunt (born 1951, Kwakwaka'wakw, formerly "Kwakiutl") is a Canadian First Nations artist from coastal British Columbia.

Richard Hunt
Richard Hunt carving.jpg
Born1951 (age 69–70)
Known forSculpture
AwardsOrder of Canada, Order of British Columbia, honorary doctorate from the University of Victoria

Hunt was born in 1951 at Alert Bay, B.C., but has lived most of his life in Victoria, B.C. On his father's side, he is a descendant of the renowned Native ethnologist George Hunt. He began carving at the age of thirteen. In 1973 he began carving with his father Henry Hunt at Thunderbird Park at the British Columbia Provincial Museum in Victoria.

Richard's brothers Tony Hunt and Stanley C. Hunt are also carvers.

Richard Hunt designed the medals for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships held Aug. 17-21, 2006 at Saanich Commonwealth Place.[1] Among his other projects, he repainted the totem pole at Rideau Hall, which his grandfather Mungo Martin had given to Governor General Lord Alexander in 1946.[2]


In 1991, Hunt was inducted into the Order of British Columbia.[3] He is also a member of the Order of Canada.

He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Victoria in 2004.[4] He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.[5]


  1. ^ Government of British Columbia - Honourable Ida Chong, Minister of Community Services and Minister Responsible for Seniors' and Women's Issues - Photo Gallery - Medals for Pan-Pacific Swim Championships
  2. ^ Rideau Hall - The Unveiling of an Inuksuk at Rideau Hall
  3. ^ Government of British Columbia, Protocol and Events Branch - Order of British Columbia - Richard Hunt
  4. ^ The Ring, University of Victoria - April 2004, Vol. 30, No. 4 - Six selected for spring honorary degrees
  5. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.

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