Ed Archie NoiseCat is a multi-dimensional artist – unlike many other Northwest Coast First Nation’s artists.
He works with glass, bronze, silver, gold, print, semi-precious stones, and wood.
His art, deeply rooted in the heritage, values, beliefs of his people, often incorporating his understanding of modern art.
He gets his inspiration for his art from his mother’s people, the Canim Lake Band of Shuswap Indians in BritishColumbia’s Interior and from his father, the Stlitlimx, on B.C.’s West Coast.
My work is inspired by the stories that comprise my life—the people, tricksters, tragedies and triumphs of the Indigenous experience. My work is intimate, intricate and vivid, and I take immense pride in my craft.Ed Archie NoiseCat
A graduate of Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver- studying printmaking – he headed to New York to work as a fine art lithographer at print shops, including world-renowned Tyler Graphics.
There he produced prints for major contemporary artists such as Frank Stella and Roy Lichtenstein.
That experience and perspective allows him to bring a wealth of non-traditional techniques and an informed understanding of modern art to his work.
NoiseCat loves working on big projects.
He won top prize at Portland’s first annual Indian Art Northwest market – a freestanding, six-foot square carved cedar screen. Another win was a major U.S. Midwest public art commission – a four-foot high portrait mask honoring Little Crow, one of the regions great chiefs.
NoiseCat’s pieces appear in private and public collections, including the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., among others.