Tofino Artist Roy Henry Vickers
Roy Henry Vickers was born in June 1946 in the village of Greenville,
in northern British Columbia. Roy has stayed on the northwest coast
of BC ever since, residing at various times in Hazelton, Kitkatla,
Tofino and Victoria. Roy’s love and respect of the magnificent
natural beauty of this area is clearly evident in his art. His boldly
colourful sunsets, subdued misty rivers and peaceful winter scenes
reflect the essence of the west coast of Canada.
Roy’s father was a fisherman with the blood of three northwest
coast First Nations — Tsimshian, Haida and Heiltsuk — flowing
in his veins. Roy’s mother was a schoolteacher whose parents
had immigrated to Canada from England. This unusual mixed heritage
has had a strong influence on Roy’s art. Roy studied traditional
First Nations art and design at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast
Indian Art in Hazelton.
Using these building blocks Roy created his personal style of expression — a
harmonious fusion of traditional and contemporary, old and new, personal
In many of his pieces, Roy uses superimposed “shadow images” that
add another layer of depth, history and myth to his clear, clean images.
His signature Eagle Moon appears on many pieces as well.
Roy’s art can
be found at the Eagle Aerie Gallery, a traditional northwest coast
longhouse Roy built in 1986 in the village of Tofino.
Roy Henry Vickers, a Tofino artist, is best known for his serigraphies of First Nations art.