Chris Paul was born a member of the Tsartlip
Reserve near Brentwood Bay, BC. He was raised in a proud, loving
family entrenched in a culture rich in stories, traditions and
Though Chris’ own admiration of Coast
Salish art began in childhood, his aspirations of becoming a renowned
artist began in 1995, at age of 26 when he apprenticed with Floyd
Joseph. Sparked by personal drive, enthusiasm and an insatiable
thirst for a clearer understanding of West Coast Art, he studied
the art of Charles Elliott, Susan Point, Mark Preston, Joe Wilson,
Bill Reid, Robert Davidson and Roy Henry Vickers. Also in 1995,
Chris began a lifelong friendship with Vickers who agreed to provide
him an apprenticeship provided he first spent a year at ‘Ksan,
a native art school in Hazelton, BC.
At 30, having satisfied Vicker’s request,
Chris began an intense two-year apprenticeship with Vickers during
which time, he honed his skills as artist and a businessman. Chris
emerged from the two apprenticeships with his own style of expression
and presentation, a style that reveals a heritage depicted in strong
modern colours giving it global appeal. For Chris, “his culture
evokes the spirit of his art”.
As a member of the Saanich Nation, Chris’ style
is a unique, refreshing combination of traditional and contemporary
aboriginal design deeply rooted in a family and culture that knows
and understands man’s position in his family, his community
and his natural surroundings. Each event in his life evokes a new
image, which Chris transforms into a piece of art.
Chris has completed and marketed a four print
series he calls “Saanich Spirit” each print revealing
a part of his cultural history and beliefs and therefore a part
of his inner self. Each new piece he completes whether on paper,
in wood, glass or sliver will be an artistic interpretation but
having its origin in Chris’ ancestry and therefore his being.
In his words, he already “has more ideas than he can ever
realize in a lifetime."