Tony Hunt Jr.
Tony Hunt Jr. was born in the year 1961 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He is a contemporary Kwakiutl carver and a member of the Hunt Family of Fort Rupert, located on the Northeast tip of Vancouver Island. The Hunt Family represent a long lineage of master carvers such as his great grandfather Mungo Martin, his grandfather Henry Hunt, his father Tony Hunt Sr. and his uncles Richard Hunt and Stan Hunt.
Following this family tradition Tony began carving at an early age was inspired and trained by his elders. He apprenticed under Chief Tony Hunt Sr. making himself one of the few contemporary Northwest Coast artists today to be trained traditionally by his father. His strong ties to his lineage and knowledge of Kwakiutl stories and legends, have given him much inspiration in his carving. In 1993, New York's Museum of Natural History featured his work in the "Chiefly Feasts" exhibition. His work was also exhibited in the "Down from the Shimmering Sky" exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He is a talented traditional dancer and takes an active part in many ceremonies. His work has been exhibited in many national and international museums and is held and sought-after by collectors all over the world.