MNY Sculpture Joins the Collection at The Met

Edmonton Location

Thursday, April 28, 2016

DUG artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' sculpture entitled "Yelthadaas", from the Coppers from the Hood series joins the permanent collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Image Detail:"Yelthadaas", 2010. Platinum Leaf on Steel Hood. 48.4 x 63.75 in.

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Explores The Spaces in Between

Edmonton Location

Sunday, December 13, 2015

DUG artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas recently spoke at TEDxVancouver in a talk entitled Art opens windows to the space between ourselves. In this video, Yahgulanaas profoundly shares how the universality of art can both activate and navigate the spaces in between Haida and Canadian identity.

Watch the video here.

MNY Enters Seattle City Light Collection

Edmonton Location

Monday, October 12, 2015

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas will be included in an upcoming exhibition called Seattle Simplified which encompasses Seattle City Light's recent artwork purchases that portray Seattle and its surrounding landscape. The exhibition will be presented in two separate installations and features a total of 56 contemporary artworks ranging from paintings, multi-media, photography and prints by 36 artists.

Seattle Simplified, Part 1 will be on view from October 1 through December 29, 2015.
A reception will take place on November 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Part 1 includes artwork by Gayle Bard, Lockwood Dennis, Alano Edzerza, Terry Furchgott, Justin Gibbens, Jonelle Johnson, Gwen Knight, Kent Lovelace, Richard Morhous, Marvin Oliver, Lucinda Parker, Loretta Pettway, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Manuel Salazar, lessLIE Sam, Christine Sharp, Preston Singletary, Jennifer Stanton and Emily Wood.

Seattle Simplified, Part 2 will be on view from December 31, 2015 through April 3, 2016.
A reception will take place on February 8, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Part 2 includes artwork by Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, Alfredo Arreguin, Debbie Napaljari Brown, Diem Chau, Nancy Coleman, Malayka Gormally, Mary Iverson, Doug Keyes, Sohee Kim, Lisa Snow Lady, Jacob Lawrence, Richard Morhous, Mary Ann Peters, Qwalsius Shaun Peterson, Barbara Robertson, Elizabeth T. Scott, Adam Sorensen, and Nina Tichava.

Image details: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Flappes, Mixed Media (Repurposed gas cap doors from 2002 Nissan 200SX cars), 7 X 5.75 X 1 in., 2015. Purchased by Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds.

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Completes Sei

Edmonton Location

Friday, June 12, 2015

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas unveils yet another public art commission this week, this time for the city of Richmond, British Columbia. Entitled Sei, the new sculpture is largely made of stainless steel, copper, granite and marble and weighs around eight and a half tons.

If you’re familiar with his car hoods, Sei certainly retains a similar sleek look. The elegant half-form shape recalls Modernist British sculptor Henry Moore while the use of ovoids and cut-outs grounds the piece with traditional Haida formlines. It’s as if one of his illustrations has come to life. The twelve-metre long, four-metre high sculpture is stunningly dynamic, evoking movement and action in space.

On the use and prevalence of copper in this work and others, Michael comments, “any piece of copper is not like any other piece of copper. It’s complex, like people. It’s a celebration of cultural diversity. Cooper is also a currency, not only in this modern era, but also a historical currency in this part of the world.”

This marks Michael’s seventh public art commission between Alberta and British Columbia. ‘Rivers’ was unveiled in Riverside Park in Kamloops just last year. It is strategically located where the North and South Thompson Rivers meet, a symbolically important site for the Shuswap and Interior Salish people of BC.

Sei will be open for viewing starting July 9th at the McArthurGlen Outlet Mall.

Image courtesy of Amanda Seibert of The Georgia Straight.

MNY Launches 'RED' in U.S.A. and Participates in REDDIT AMA

Edmonton Location

Monday, November 17, 2014

B.C.-based artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' groundbreaking graphic novel, Red: A Haida Manga (Douglas & McIntyre), is being released in paperback in the U.S. for the first time this month. Michael will be celebrating with a mural-making session and book launch event at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Saturday, November 22 from 1pm to 5pm.

Yahgulanaas will guide museum visitors to record and examine their own personal stories as they explore universal themes presented in Red. Visitors will be invited to lend a helping artistic hand by contributing their own voice to a dynamic Haida Manga-inspired mural, which will be created on-site in the Museum’s landmark Hall of Northwest Coast Indians. Mural-making sessions will occur from 1pm to 3pm and 4pm to 5pm. The book launch party, including Yahgulanaas’ special reading and signing of Red, will occur from 3pm to 4pm.

Preceding the event, Yahgulanaas will be participating in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit on Friday, November 21 beginning at 11am EST—an opportunity for anyone to correspond with the renowned Haida artist directly. During the AMA, he will be broadcasting live drawing and sketches and images, both static and video, on his website:

Red: A Haida Manga is a stunning, innovative book that mixes Haida imagery and the Japanese manga style to retell a classic Haida oral narrative through 108 pages of hand-painted images. Set in the islands off the northwest coast of B.C., Red tells the story of orphan Red and his sister, Jaada. When raiders attack their village and Jaada is whisked away, Red’s building determination to exact revenge on her captors will eventually lead his community to the brink of war.

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a visual artist, storyteller and public speaker. Born and raised on the north Pacific islands of Haida Gwaii, he melds his cultural and political experiences as an indigenous person with contemporary graphic literature to produce a unique genre called Haida Manga. His work has been enthusiastically received internationally and is published in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Spain, the United States and Canada. His books include Flight of the Hummingbird, A Tale of Two Shamans and Hachidori, a bestseller in Japan.

For more information on the U.S. book launch event in New York, contact the American Museum of Natural History at 212-769-5100 or visit or

RED: A Haida Manga and MNY's SOLO 3

Vancouver Location

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Shaw TV's go! Vancouver recently profiled SOLO 3, our current exhibition of the latest work by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas', and the special book launch event for Red: A Haida Manga which took place at the gallery on May 3rd. In this interview, Michael discusses the unique oral narrative and visual style he coined Haida Manga to re-tell a classic Haida oral story, and some of the iconography and formlines he uses in his platinum hood works.

SOLO 3 runs until Saturday, May 24th at the Douglas Udell Gallery,
Vancouver. Paperback copies of Red are available for sale at the gallery.

MNY's "Rivers" Public Sculpture Commission in Kamloops

Vancouver Location

Friday, January 17, 2014

Contemporary Haida Gwaii artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is in the final stages of completing his stunning sculpture "Rivers" for the city of Kamloops. Made of steel and aluminum, weighing 3,000 lbs. and standing over 10 meters tall, the sculpture is based on the moment of confluence of the North and South Thompson rivers. In "Rivers", Michael uses his signature copper leaf, along with Haida ovoids and contemporary formlines. Mindful of the geography and history of place, the sculpture will be situated in Riverside Park in Kamloops where the two rivers are visible to the public. Kamloops derives its name from the Secwepemic word "T’kemlups" which means where the rivers meet.

Yahgulanaas also has numerous public art projects in BC including "Abundance Fenced", a metal fence at Kensington Park (Knight and E. 33rd) which depicts the 2010 Fraser River salmon run as well as "Take Off", a commission by the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 at UBC Thunderbird Winter Sports Arena made of Volvo car fenders that depicts the movement of a mallard duck as it flies off the water into the sky.
The official opening for "Rivers" is planned for February 2014 in Riverside Park, Kamloops.

To read the original feature in the Vancouver Sun, please click here.

Image: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas standing in front of "Rivers" at Brenco Industries in Delta.

MNY hood enters British Museum's permanent collection

Vancouver Location

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' work Copper from the Hood (2010) has now found its home in the permanent collection of the prestigious British Museum, after an eighteen month international tour with Treasures of the World’s Cultures. The sculptural work was one of more than 250 cultural treasures which toured the globe with the British Museum exhibition, with stops in Australia, the Middle East and Europe.

Copper from the Hood is one of a series of works which Yahgulanaas began in 2007, while working on the exhibition Meddling in the Museum for the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, Canada. Commissioned by the British Museum, this work presents imagery created in Yahgulanaas’ distinctive Haida manga style and is one of a series of fifteen works made with automobile hoods. Fabricated from a car hood embellished with copper leaf, Copper from the Hood references the copper shields which are highly valued by the Haida, an indigenous people of Canada, while locating the work within the contemporary context of a world where value is defined by cars and other consumer goods.

Image details: Fabricated from a car hood embellished with copper leaf, Copper from the Hood references the copper shields which are highly valued by the Haida, an indigenous people of Canada, while locating the work within the contemporary context of a world where value is defined by cars and other consumer goods. Photo credit: Christopher Fadden.

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