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.
Please direct commission and purchase inquiries to [email protected]
  • 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

  • A wonderful surprise to learn that our 2022 book JAJ was nominated by Denver-based Pop Culture Classrom for two awards in their 7th Annual Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards: one for "Best in Adult Non-Fiction" and another for their "Mosaic Award." What an honour!

    And then another wonderful suprise to find JAJ won the Mosaic Award on June 10th! One of the jurors, Amanie Mahmood, Collection Specialist Librarian at Denver Public Library, said, “This is a unique and important anticolonial perspective that is very relevant for American audiences. I have never read anything like this before, and it really resonates.” Thank you.

  • AND JAJ has been nominated for two (!) BC & Yukon Book Prizes -- the Bill Duthie Bookseller's Choice Award and the Jim Deva Prize for Writing that Provokes. Thank you to the society for this double honour.

  • Please join us for a public talk hosted by Michelle Cyca at Massy Books in Vancouver, BC at 6 pm on Thursday, June 20th. Michael will be speaking alongside fellow nominees Sam George and Jill Yonit Goldberg, authors of The Fire Still Burns.

  • The studio is currently involved in a large project to create the Daalkaatlii Diaries, a set of 28 large painted 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 visit the artist's Instagram feed for photos of these paintings in progress.

  • 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 winding up its pandemic-interrupted tour of wonder and music with BC schools and other venues. Thank you to the opera companies, our hosts, and, of course, the performers and audiences for bringing this story to life.

    We are excited to continue working with this team 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 in 2025.

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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.