Lawrence B. Paul (Yuxweluptun) *1957
Cowichan Coast Salish artist Lawrence Paul was born in Kamloops, British Columbia, in 1957. He spent the largest part of his youth in the Vancouver region where he also went to school. From 1978 to 1983 he studied at the Emily Carr College of Art, with a focus on painting. Paul’s keen interest in the latest developments in all spheres of Native American/First Nations life has probably been spawned by his parents’ membership in organizations such as the North American Brotherhood. Many of his works deal with current social and political problems faced by Native Americans. His large-format acrylics combine Coast Salish cosmology and motifs from traditional Northwest Coast art with the western tradition of surrealism. In 1998 he was the recipient of the Vancouver Institute for the Visual Arts Award (VIVA).