CARVING WILDMAN MASK
D'Arcy Basil is a Secwepemc
Coast Salish (adopted) artist living on the unceded 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.