Coast Salish (adopted) artist living on the unseeded Musqueam traditional territory. He has a background in sculpting, stone carving, wood carving, and jade carving.
In addition to traditional Indigenous art forms he also has attended the Digital Graphic Design / 3D Animation Programs at Capilano University and BCIT.
D'Arcy Basil grew up influenced by his mother who was an artist and introduced him to drawing and sculpting modeling clay from the age of three.
Growing up in Alert Bay he went to theT'lisa̱lagi'lakw School where he was introduced to classes in Northwest Coast form line design and painting (Kwakwaka’wakw) as part of the curriculum.
He also had his first introduction to carving from legendary Kwakwaka'wakw Master Carvers Beau Dick and Wayne Alfred when he was growing up there.
The legends and coastal wildlife are the main inspirations for the artistic sculptures that D'Arcy
He started his apprenticeship with Master Carver Chris Sparrow (Musqueam) and his late father Irvin Sparrow
several years ago, and started carving as a full-time career.
He has created sculptures and masks in marble, alabaster, black chlorite, and green chlorite. Now turning his
focus to jade carving after taking a jade carving workshop hosted by Deborah Wilson one of Canada's best jade sculptors – and International award winner. I am currently being mentored by Lyle Sopel who is an amazing jade carver who has over 40 years’ experience.
His carvings and sculptures in wood, stone, and metal have been collected both locally and internationally.
Currently working on a 2500lb Jade Monument for the Kamloops Indian Residential School Children where his father Chief Ken Basil was a student - it is set to be completed in fall of 2022. Its home will be at the Secwepemc Museum in Kamloops, B.C.
“I am always looking to be innovative and hold true to the traditional design elements I was taught.
As I develop my own style and creative expression I strive for excellence and put love into all my creations.”
- D'Arcy Basil