Alex is son of Native Tsimshian artist Bill Helin, was born November 11, 1987 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.
Alex is a very talented young artist. He has been creatively assisting his father in the art world since he was six years old. His main interests were wood carving and at the age of eight he was the youngest carver to work on the World’s tallest totem pole for the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia. That same year Alex helped his dad carve the 40 foot long raven song Canoe and helped paddle it to the Victoria Commonwealth Games with the Tribal Journeys Canoe Regatta.
Alex has been working with Gold and Silver and is now engraving his own original pieces of jewelry art in the Tsimshian Style. Alex wants to carry on apprenticing with his father and is looking forward to creating high end art pieces for art collectors all over the world in the tradition of his Tsimshian ancestors. Alex’s grandfather was Hyemass, Arthur H. Helin, and his great Grandparents Maude and Henry Helin were both Chiefs of the Tsimshian Nation.