Moy Sutherland is a Tlaoquiaht artist from the Nuu-chah-nulth first nation. Born in 1974, he has been practicing art professionally since 1994 when he lived in Alert Bay, BC. There he learned the principles of carving from artists of the Kwakwaka’wakw first nation. Moy later returned to his traditional territory to learn more about the Nuu-chah-nulth art forms.
Moy’s artwork is strongly influenced by the lessons he learned from mentor Arthur Thompson. In 2000, Moy began an apprenticeship with the renowned Nuu-chah-nulth artist until Arthur’s death in 2003. During the apprenticeship, Moy was able to further develop his knowledge of the Nuu-chah-nulth art form and refine his skills.
Having developed his craft under the guidance of both Kwakwaka’wakw and Nuu-chah-nulth artists, Moy has a broad understanding of Northwest Coast art forms and is able to set himself apart from other artists. He uses many different mediums in his work, including wood, stone and metal through both traditional and modern techniques. While exploring and refining his own style, he is mindful of staying within the traditions of his culture.
“For me, the meaning of life is to learn of and understand my cultural surroundings, so that this knowledge can be preserved and used in everyday life. Like our elders before us passed this knowledge on, so must we to our descendants. In this manner, respect becomes an integral part of life, respect for everything. I draw my knowledge and inspiration from the teachings of those whom I respect, and I incorporate these into everything I do."
Moy’s artwork can be found in museums, galleries, collections, and publications across the globe.