Kyiv Child, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, 2021
Kyiv Child is inspired by an archaeological find from Saint Michael's Cathedral in Ukraine's capital city. That horse riding warrior is replaced by a mother and child traveling over a platinum and gold leaf gilded plain.

The support is the hood from a ZAZ-1103 "Slavuta" vehicle that was manufactured in a post-Soviet Ukraine.

This work will be exhibited in Kyiv only when Ukraine is again a free country.
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  • This spring, as Russia invaded Ukraine, we rushed to raise funds for humanitarian projects to support the people of Ukraine. We produced 224 limited-edition prints of Kyiv Child and, thanks to Malaspina Printmakers, who donated time and supplies, we were able to send $25,000 to Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada and $51,000 to UNICEF Canada.

    Any additional money we raise will be shared among the resident artists of the TSEKH Art Gallery in Kyiv.

    To enquire about the few remaining prints, or to make a donation, please write to us:

  • Michael is working on an 8-square-metre mural commissioned by the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, Germany. This commission examines Michael's great-great-grandfather meeting in 1882 with Johan Adrian Jacobsen, a Norwegian collector of Indigenous artefacts for European museums. The mural is being printed and painted on handmade, bespoke mulberry paper made by the Kubota Family in Western Honshu, Japan.

  • The studio finished a new public art sculpture for a residential development in Vancouver. The work was manufactured from stainless steel in Calgary, Alberta, and is being installed in July, 2022.

  • The creative team behind the Flight of the Hummingbird Opera has been asked to create a vision for a an expanded version of the opera. Working with composer Maxime Goulet and dramaturge Glynis Leyshon, Michael is excited to reimagine the original 45-minute opera as a 1.5-hour production.

  • In the fall of 2021, Michael was honoured to be featured in Scholastic Art Magazine. For Michael, being included in this publication speaks to the importance of art, and how it isn't restricted by demographics: the same art produced for European museums can speak to children in American schools. The power of art transcends the divides we create between age groups, ethnicity, and class.

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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.