Richard Hunt is a prominent member of a family that has been an artistic dynasty for generations, and today is among the most celebrated of the contemporary Northwest Coast artists. He was the first Northwest Coast artist to be elected to the Order of British Columbia (in 1991). In 1994 he was elected to the Order of Canada, which is the most prestigious national honour for service to Canada. In 2004 he received Canada’s highest arts award when he was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts. He has also been honoured for his many contributions to the city of Victoria, including an Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Victoria, the Honorary Citizen Award in 2001, and the Golden Jubilee Medal from H.M. Queen Elizabeth for outstanding service to his country.
He has continued to contribute to numerous charities through the annual golf tournament in Victoria that bears his name (for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations), the Victoria Marathon, the Canadian Diabetes Foundation, and the Lions Society of British Columbia, to name only a few. Through his accomplishments in both the art world and the society in which he lives, Richard has come to embody his family name: Gwel-la-yo-gwe-la-gya-les: a man that travels around the world giving.
Spirit Wrestler Gallery, 2005.
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