Evan Aster is a member of the Eagle clan of the Gitxaala Nation. His house clan is the double headed Eagle. Evans traditional name is Boo’ak which means “Man who moves fast, like lightning.” Evan has been practicing art since the age of 10 and he currently works in a number of media including drawing, painting and wood carving. He was greatly influenced by his uncle, Glen Wood, who has been a wood carver for many years, and his cousin, Shawn Aster, who also attended The Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art.
One of the main reasons for me enrolling in the Frieda Diesing School is to learn as much as I can from the school so that I can return back to my traditional territory of Gitxaala, and teach everything I learned from the school to any of the people who reside in my traditional territory. All they need is the desire to want to learn. My ultimate goal for the future is to advance my knowledge by travelling to all the different museums and institutions and study all the great master carvers’ pieces that reside in the museums.
Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art