Karver Everson was born in Comox, BC in 1993 and named Gayustistalas - a name that once belonged to his father, Chief Rob Everson of the Gigal’gam Walas Kwagut from the Kwakwaka’wakw. Influenced greatly by his family’s connection to their cultural heritage, Karver has always been keen to learn and uphold the cultural traditions of the K’omoks and Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations.
Karver’s passion for art began early in life and first nations art forms made appearances in his drawings and pieces throughout his childhood and youth. It was when Karver decided to go to art school that his first nations paintings and drawings flourished.
As a young man still in the prime of his life, Karver’s history as a carver is relatively recent. In the Summer of 2013, Karver’s family was preparing for a potlatch and Karver was called on to create many ceremonial pieces for the family. He’s been carving almost everyday ever since.
Karver has been blessed by the mentors in his life. He has worked under the tutelage of First Nations carvers Richard Hunt, Calvin Hunt and David Knox. His uncle Andy Everson has also taught him to understand multiple facets of northwest coast art including rules of formline and design.
Karver is currently working on a diploma of Fine Arts at North Island College while he continues to dedicate himself to both traditional and contemporary mediums. His next goal is to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts within the next four years.
He is grateful for all the people who have helped him throughout his life and wouldn't be where he is today without their love and support. Gilakas’la.
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