Eric Parnell

Eric was born in Prince Rupert, BC, and is a member of the Masset Band of the Haida Nation. His family clan is the Frog and his crest is the Eagle. Since 1985, Eric has been living and working in Vancouver.

Primarily a self-taught artist, Eric has been painting since 2002. Recently, he has added print-making to his body of work. Citing Robert Davidson and Bill Reid as two of his influences, Eric has also taken inspiration from his culture as a whole. As a young boy, he spent his time with other artists, and was introduced to the artistic world when he used to help artists from his community sell their argillite pendants.

One of Eric’s goals as an artist is to “continue to be a small part of the revival and continuity of our peoples’ traditions.”