In 1995, Derek Norton, Nigel Reading and Gary Wyatt founded the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver.
Derek Norton was born in Canada and majored in painting in the Visual Arts Program at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. In 1979 he started working at the prestigious Moos Gallery in Calgary, representing major Canadian and international artists, and began to exhibit Inuit art there. He took up a managerial position within the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver in 1984. In 1995, he became one of the founding partners of the Spirit Wrestler Gallery.
Nigel Reading was born in Germany and educated in Britain. In 1986 he started working at the Inuit Gallery in Vancouver and later became the curator for the Inuit collection, organizing many solo and group shows. He is one of the founding partners of the Spirit Wrestler Gallery, where he oversees the Inuit collection. In 1999 he also became the curator of Māori art, leading the representation of contemporary Māori art in North America.
Gary Wyatt was educated at the Alberta College of Art and the University of British Columbia, where he also interned in museum studies and Northwest Coast art at the Museum of Anthropology. He was curator of the Northwest Coast collection at the Inuit Gallery from 1987 to 1995. Since 1995, he has been a curator at the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver.