Canadian artist Roy Henry Vickers is best known around the world for his limited edition prints. He is also an accomplished carver, design advisor of prestigious public spaces, a sought-after keynote speaker, and publisher and author of several successful books.
Born in 1946 in Greenville, B.C., artist Roy Henry Vickers studied traditional art at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in Hazelton. His father was a Tsimshian fisherman, his mother a teacher of British ancestry. Fond is he of his childhood days spent in the ancient Tsimshian village of Kitkatla. His art evokes the stylized tradition of his Native ancestry, yet it marries the abstraction of that tradition with the realism of European art. Vickers has participated in exhibitions at prestigious art shows in Canada and the United States. His has completed monumental works at the Vancouver International Airport and the Saanich Commonwealth Centre in Victoria. His work is included in the collections of royalty and presidents. Once a victim of substance abuse, in 1992 he initiated VisionQuest, a non-profit organization designed to help those with addictive personalities.
In addition, he is a recognized leader in the First Nations community, and a tireless spokesperson for recovery from addictions and abuse.
Roy has received many awards and honours for his art and community involvement. Among them are a hereditary chieftainship and several hereditary names he has received from Northwest Coast First Nations.
In 1994, Maclean's magazine included Roy as the first artist ever in its Annual Honour Roll of Extraordinary Canadian Achievers. In 1998, the Province of British Columbia appointed Roy to the prestigious Order of B.C. and in 2003, Roy received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. In 2003, a video featuring Roy was part of the successful Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid.
In 1987, at the Commonwealth Summit in Vancouver, the original of Roy's painting A Meeting of Chiefs was the official gift of the Province of British Columbia to Queen Elizabeth II. Limited edition prints of the painting were presented to the 48 Commonwealth Heads of State.