Image of JAJ mural by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
JAJ by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Located at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, Germany.

Published in book form by Douglas & McIntyre. You can order a copy from your local Canadian or American independent bookstore, or ask for it at your local public library.
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  • JAJ (2022) commissioned for the Humboldt Forum in Berlin.
  • Installing Fin, a public artwork at 3800 Fraser St. in Vancouver.
    Video by Take Off Photography for The Fraser by Strand & Locarno.
  • Art Opens Windows to the Space Between Ourselves
    TEDx Vancouver, Vancouver 2015

Studio News & Events

  • The studio is currently involved in a large painting project to create the Daalkaatlii Diaries, a set of 28 large canvases. We will complete the paintings in the summer of 2024, in time for a show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto (Sept 2024 - Feb 2025).

  • Please join Michael for a public talk at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver, BC at 6 pm on April 18th. Registration is free and required.

  • Appreciation to guest curator Jordanna George and curator Aliya Boubard for inviting the Studio to be part of XIÁM at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art until May 19.

  • Thank you to Thomas-Louis Coté and the team at Livres Canada Books for bringing the Studio to the Angoulême International Comics Festival this past January.

  • The Flight of the Hummingbird opera, produced by Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria, with music by 2024 Juno Award Winner Maxime Goulet, dramaturgy by Glynis Leyshon, and libretto by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, is back on its pandemic-interrupted tour of wonder and music to BC schools and other venues on April 1, 2024.

    Meanwhile, the same creative team of Goulet, Leyshon, and Yahgulanaas is working with the same Producers toward the premiere of a full-length version of the opera in 2025.

  • Work began in 2023 for a new 2 x 4m mural commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery. The epic mural -- based on a story brewing for decades in sketchbooks -- will be completed next year.

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Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a contemporary artist whose wide-ranging artistic practice explores themes of identity, environmentalism and the human condition. Influenced by both Haida iconography and contemporary Asian visual culture, he has created an artistic practice that crosses diverse cultures, generations, and disciplines in search of accessibility and engagement as a counterpoint to stratification and isolation.