Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun Lets’lo:tseltun

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun Lets’lo:tseltun, of Coast Salish descent, graduated from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in British Columbia. Yuxweluptun is Salish for “man of many masks,” a name given to the artist during his initiation into the Sxwaixwe Society at the age of fourteen.  Lets’lo:tseltun was given to Lawrence by Sto:lo artist Laura Wee Lay Laq in 2018 and means “man of many colours.”  His paintings and sculptures combine Coast Salish cosmology, Northwest Coast design, and Western landscape painting. Yuxweluptun Lets’lo:tseltun’s paintings can be brutal critiques of issues affecting Canada’s First Nations. He broaches topics such as land title, residential schools, and the destruction of the environment.

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun Lets’lo:tseltun is an advocate for contemporary indigenous issues in Canada. This is evidenced by his exhibition history and reception of awards such as the Vancouver Institute for the Visual Arts (VIVA) award in 1998 and in 2019, Emily Carr University of Art + Design awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Fine Art. Yuxweluptun Lets’lo:tseltun lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Untitled ( landscape),

2020,

35.35 x 26",

acrylic on canvas

The Other side of the Inlet ,

2021,

72 x 54”,

acrylic on canvas

Untitled (Landscape),

2020,

84 x 96",

Acrylic on canvas

Northwest Coast Climate Change,

2019,

76 x 96",

Acrylic on Canvas

Indian World My Home and Native Land,

2012,

120 x 84",

Acrylic on canvas

Natives playing on the Land ,

2015,

108 x 72",

acrylic on canvas

The One Percent,

2015,

84 x 60",

acrylic on canvas

Christy Clark and the Kinder Morgan Go-Go Girls,

2015,

acrylic on canvas, Photo credit: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery,

Fucking Creeps They’re Environmental Terrorists,

2013,

84 x 72”,

Acrylic on canvas

The Direction of Land Claim Negotiations,

2013,

72 x 68”,

Acrylic on Canvas

New Chiefs on the Land,

2016,

66 x 84",

Acrylic on canvas

Installation view, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Neo-Totems ,

2016,

Untitled,

16 x 11 x 10",

cedar, acrylic

Untitled ,

2016,

15 x 9 x 10",

cedar, acrylic

Portrait of a Residential School Child ,

2005,

63.3 x 52.8",

Acrylic on canvas

The Impending Nisga’a’ Deal. Last Stand. Chump Change, 1996, Acrylic on canvas 80 x 96". Collection Vancouver Art Gallery. Photo credit: Trevor Mills,