Ian Reid is a Heiltsuk artist and cultural leader, born in 1978 in Bella Bella, BC. His ancestral name is Nusi (Full Moon). Ian’s art is inspired by the cultural knowledge of Heiltsuk elders and enriched by his research into Heiltsuk and Northwest Coast art in museums in Europe and the USA. His mentors include the late Heiltsuk artist David Gladstone, the late Cyril Carpenter, and Kwakwaka’wakw artist Simon Dick.
Ian’s work has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibits. It includes portrait and transformation masks, totem poles, panels, an 11-metre cedar canoe, as well as mixed media, bentwood boxes, acrylics, and ceremonial regalia. Ian is currently working on four house poles for the Big House in Bella Bella.
Ian is a mentor and inspiration to young Heiltsuk and urban Aboriginal artists through his commitment to the continuing relevance and vitality of Heiltsuk art.