Maynard Johnny Jr.

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Maynard Johnny Jr.

First Nations, Penelakut-Kwakwaka'wakw, born 1973

Coast Salish and Kwakwaka'wakw
Northwest Coast
Maynard Johnny (b. 1973 in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. He's of
Kwagiulth and Coast Salish decent. Maynard now lives in Chemainus, B.C.) is primarily
a self-taught artist who has been studying and working since the age of seventeen. He
has been inspired by many NWC artists and particularly admires Robert Davidson, the
late great Art Thompson, and Mark Henderson.
Maynard is principally involved in graphic work, but is also designing and creating
jewelry in silver and gold. Throughout his career Maynard has also been interested in,
and enjoyed working with wood. He has carved a number of masks and panels. His
designs have garnered him a number of awards in logo contests for companies and
Native organizations.
Maynard has designed a number of logos for many Native organizations as well as
other companies or businesses. He was also privileged enough to design an 8-ft. by 3-ft.
sculpture of a salmon that was donated to the world trade centre in New York to honor
those lost in the 9/11 tragedy. Maynard has been in a number of exhibitions including a
Miniature Show at Alcheringa Gallery, a Young Bloods Show at the Douglas Reynolds
Gallery, and a Salish Show with Charles Elliot, as well as a few small solo shows.
Maynard hopes to continue sharing his culture through other mediums such as precious
metals and wood in the near future.

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