Pat McGuire

Pat McGuire, Haida, was a descendant of the great Haida artist, Charles Gladstone. He began drawing and painting at a very young age and learned a great deal about Haida art and culture through his uncle, Joe Tulip. He was attracted to argillite in his youth and is perhaps best known for his work in this medium, although he was also a gifted painter and jeweler. Pat’s carving style was distinctive, with clean and sweeping lines. He was also one of the few modern Northwest Coast native artists to produce watercolour paintings on a regular basis. He moved to Vancouver in his twenties and established an unofficial “school” of argillite carving, and he worked with many artists including Pat Dixon, Denny Dixon, Ron Russ and Doug Wilson. His primary crests were Eagle and Killerwhale. He died in 1970.