Shaun Peterson is a pivotal figure in the revival of Coast Salish art traditions. An enrolled member of the Puyallup tribe, Shaun carries the name, Qwalsius, originally carried by his great grandfather, Lawrence Williams. His works are informed by his heritage in way of paintings, prints, carvings, fine jewelry and major public installations. He has exhibited work in New Zealand, Japan, China and an upcoming exhibit in Prague.
In the past decade his work of incorporating less familiar materials into his pieces has developed a philosophy of its own where the artists states:
“INNOVATION IS PART OF TRADITION. OUR ANCESTORS CAME FROM A WORLD OF AGE OLD CEDARS AND TODAY THOSE FORESTS ARE GONE REPLACED BY METAL CONCRETE AND GLASS SO WE CREATE FROM OUR SURROUNDINGS JUST AS THEY HAD.”
Shaun is the youngest board member serving the Bill Holm Center, serves on the collections committee for Tacoma Art Museum and has recently secured a major public commission for the Seattle Waterfront Project currently underway.