Over 50 artists, including some of Canada’s most celebrated and many of whom are First Nations – joined Raincoast in an art expedition to the Great Bear Rainforest. Using the language of paintbrushes and carving tools to give a voice to our priceless coast, the artists want to bring international attention to this magnificent region and convey the message that this is no place for oil tankers.

NOTE:  These same art pieces are also shown under the Gallery subsections of “Paintings,” “Sculpture,” and “Prints and Reproductions” respectively.

A First Nations motif killer whale swims in the ocean with a sunlight island and coastline in the distance.

Realm of the Supernatural

by April White

A cluster of sea lions lies on the rocks and in the waters in coastal BC

Sea Lion Drive By

by Alan Wylie

Distant hills frame calm waters with the forest silhouetted on the right and a First Nations bird motif in the sky.


by Roy Henry Vickers

A depiction of the Four Spiritual Grandfathers standing in a canoe on the back of a sea creature.

Four Spiritual Grandfathers

by Christian Morrisseau

A tree with three trunks soars towards the sky.

Three Sisters

by Dorset Norwich-Young

A grizzly stands beside a river beneath a rock cliff in a misty valley.

Mussel Inlet Grizzly

by Terry Isaac

Chief Charlie Mason of the Kitsasoo/Xai’xais First Nation stands in traditional garb by the Big House in Klemtu

Telling It Like It Is

by David Goatley

A sandy beach lies in the background beyond a tranquil bay with northern coastal vegetation in the foreground.

Banks Island

by Carol Evans

This work is a sculpture in bronze on a black granite base depicting a bufflehead landing in the water.


by Brent Cooke

A surrealistic depiction of gulls fleeing from the bow of a tanker breaking through rough seas.

Manifest Destiny

by Carl Chaplin

A painting depicting an underwater seascape featuring sinuous kelps and intertidal organisms

Underwater Adagio

by Dianne Bersea

A steel fishing boat heels over on the open sea as a fisherman brings a large halibut over the side with a hook.

Halibut Catcher #2

by Harold Allanson