Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas in Print

  • Mischief Making: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Art and the Seriousness of Play
    BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly - May 6, 2022
    Levell holds Yahgulanaas up as a modern artist who draws on his Indigenous heritage and various other influences. This reality—evident in the artist’s work itself—effectively frees Yahgulanaas from the settler-modern/Indigenous-traditional binary that frequently haunts Indigenous artists and their creations. Levell’s skill as a writer shines in her vivid descriptions and analysis of art works included and not included as illustrations. Her academic knowledge and experience as a curator is also on full display in the relationships she traces between Yahgulanaas and other contemporary artists. READ MORE...
  • Book review: Making Mischief — Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Art and the Seriousness of Play, by Nicola Levell
    Vancouver Sun - November 26, 2021
    The creator of the ingenious hybrid known as Haida manga, which blends topical Asian comic book illustration with traditional storytelling and design, is on the cutting edge of First Nations’ response to the global intercultural dialogue now taking place in many countries. READ MORE...
  • Why Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas doesn't get caught up in the search for perfect
    CBC Radio - June 26, 2020
    Yahgulanaas stops by CBC's The Next Chapter to take its version of the Proust Questionnaire. READ MORE...
  • Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' Carpe Fin Tells its Story at Seattle Art Museum
    Seattle Magazine - November 2019
    Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' new commission for the Seattle Art Museum, Carpe Fin, a 6-by-19-foot watercolor mural, condenses a Haida folktale into one immense color-drenched panel. READ MORE...
  • Haida manga: An artist embraces tragedy, beautifully
    The Conversation - July 12, 2018
    Yahgulanaas takes his experimentation and genre mixing to a new level, using curved formlines as outlines for his panels. This means that, according to the conventions of Pacific Northwest coastal art, the negative spaces created by the figurative black lines become positive spaces where the action takes place and the characters move. READ MORE...
  • Fluid Frames: The Hybrid Art of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
    Art in America - November 2, 2017
    The luscious watercolor illustrations in War of the Blink, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas's new graphic novel, convey a story that was told by the Haida people "long before there was a Canada or a United States." Using his signature Haida manga style, a fusion of Indigenous visual traditions from the Pacific Northwest and the graphic format of Japanese comics, Yahgulanaas translates oral history into a fluid, nonlinear reading experience, highlighting themes that feel surprisingly relevant to today's geopolitical standoffs. READ MORE...
  • Haida Gwaii artist gets international attention with works at Met and British Museum
    CBC - August 12, 2017
    An artist from Haida Gwaii is getting high-profile international attention with works on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the British Museum in London. While being featured in those institutions is a major accomplishment for any artist, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas says it signifies that First Nations art is increasingly entering the mainstream art world. READ MORE...
  • Canadian Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas finds a home at the Met
    The Globe and Mail - August 11, 2017
    A work by a Canadian Haida artist has been installed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in a location where contemporary art borders Indigenous art, and the curator who orchestrated its installation is thrilled about it. Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas's Yelthadaas, recently acquired by the Met, hangs in Gallery 399, at the intersection of two worlds. READ MORE...
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art displays work by Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
    The Georgia Straight - August 9, 2017
    Visitors to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art can now expect to spot a work by B.C.'s own Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas in Gallery 399. The museum announced today that the Haida artist's piece "Yelthadaas" is on display in the museum's permanent collection.
    Yelthadaas is a part of Yahgulanaas's series titled "Coppers from the Hood," named in honour of the shield-like coppers exchanged by Haida chiefs during traditional potlatches. In a press release from the artist, the curator of the museum said he believes Yahgulanaas is the only living Canadian indigenous artist with work currently on display. READ MORE...
  • 150 Indigenous Artists Receive $1.5 Million in Awards
    Canadian Art - April 12, 2017
    It’s a set of awards quite unlike any seen before in Canada, both in scale and scope. The winners of the REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards have been announced, with 150 artists each receiving $10,000—for a total of $1.5 million in cash awards disbursed. The aim of this one-time-only REVEAL prize? To “fuel Indigenous arts practice for the next 150 years,” says the Hnatyshyn Foundation. Practitioners in a wide range of art forms are being honoured, including visual artists, media artists, craftspeople, musicians, writers, storytellers, dancers and actors. READ MORE...
  • Art Seen: Being serious about play is no joke for Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
    The Vancouver Sun - April 29, 2016
    Being an effective trickster takes more than irreverence to pull off. To do it well enough so you're not simply offending people, it means knowing and respecting the tradition you're working in. The trickster artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas works in old Haida visual and narrative traditions that he reframes in a contemporary way. READ MORE...
  • Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’s imagery speaks across cultures
    The Georgia Straight - April 27, 2016
    At the recent opening of his exhibition The Seriousness of Play, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas spoke eloquently to a packed room. Surrounded by his paintings, prints, and sculptures, he talked about the spaces that exist within and between art forms—and within and between cultures. He also touched on a contemporary problem for artists of indigenous descent: is this work art or ethnicity? The question, he said, had originally been posed to him by Bill Reid, who shared with Yahgulanaas mixed Haida and European heritage, but whose acclaim was focused entirely on his Haida-identified art-making. READ MORE...
  • The Seriousness of Play by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas at the Bill Reid Gallery
    Hello Vancity - April 24, 2016
    We were invited to view the latest exhibit and works by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas at the Bill Reid Gallery in Downtown Vancouver. I was especially curious to see how Michael created pieces that fused influences of Japanese manga and anime with Haida, Aboriginal art. We learned many of MNY's work has not been seen in Vancouver before. There were many eye-catching pieces, and here are two pieces that stood out to us during our visit. READ MORE...
  • Best of 2015: West Coast artists continue to sparkle
    The Vancouver Sun - December 31, 2015
    SEI is an equally stunning stainless steel sculpture that recalls the arc of a jumping salmon in the nearby McArthur Glen Designer Outlet. YVR's public collection of art - which includes Bill Reid's The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe - is one of the reasons it consistently ranks among the top airports in the world. READ MORE...
  • Include Traditional Cuisine in Curriculum
    The Shillong Times - November 7, 2015
    A delegation consisting of representatives of various international organizations supporting the Indigenous Terra Madre (ITM) 2015 have urged Chief Minister Mukul Sangma to include traditional knowledge and traditional cuisine in the State educational curriculum, arguing that traditional cuisine can help youths connect to their roots. READ MORE...
  • Sculpture Connects the Contemporary with the Traditional
    Westender - July 20, 2015
    Seemingly defying gravity, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' newly unveiled sculpture "Sei" rises from the ground at the centre of the new McArthurGlen outlet mall near YVR, before arching to one side, hanging motionless in the air. Named after the sei whale, the second-largest baleen whale species found in BC waters, Yahgulanaas' work evokes the form of its namesake in mid-breach. The abstract sculpture stands more than 12 feet tall, and stretches out almost as long as a school bus. READ MORE...
  • "Haida Manga" style public art piece unveiled at YVR outlet mall
    Vancity Buzz - July 18, 2015
    A blend of Indigenous art with Japanese manga dynamism isn't something you see every day -- but there's a high chance you already have. At both Kensington Park and the UBC Thunderbird Winter Sports Arena sit public art pieces by award-winning Haida Gwaii artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. The newest art piece was unveiled on June 14 at McArthurGlen Outlet Mall at the Vancouver International Airport. READ MORE...
  • Michael Yahgulanaas's new art piece SEI unveiled at Vancouver airport
    CBC News - July 9, 2015
    Visitors to Vancouver Airport's new luxury mall will be greeted by a 3,855 kilogram steel sculpture called SEI. The public art installation by acclaimed visual artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is his largest work yet and one of his favourites. "Sometimes when I walk away from a project I'm never quite sure. I'm always thinking I could have done things differently. This one is a slam dunk," Yahgulanaas told The Early Edition's Rick Cluff. READ MORE...
  • Abstract form of jumping salmon unveiled at Vancouver International Airport mall
    The Vancouver Sun - July 9, 2015
    Artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas has designed a new stainless steel sculpture that recalls natural forms such as the curve of a jumping whale or salmon. The public art work is made from highly polished stainless steel. In contrast to those reflective surfaces is the underside of the 12-metre long sculpture which is covered in copper leaf. “Yes, it’s like a whale jumping or a salmon jumping,” Yahgulanaas said in a phone interview. READ MORE...
  • Exclusive sneak peek at Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' latest work at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport
    The Georgia Straight - June 12, 2015
    You might not know his name, but if you've ever driven down Knight Street or passed by UBC's Thunderbird Winter Sports Arena, you've definitely seen his work. Contemporary artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' latest piece, SEI, won't be unveiled until later this summer, but the Georgia Straight was invited to see the piece just as the finishing touches were being made. READ MORE...