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Dempsey Bob

In His Own Voice

Dempsey Bob; Edited by Sarah Milroy. In collaboration with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection & the Audain Art Museum

BC Bestseller of 2022

Finalist for the BC & Yukon Book Prizes Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

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We get our clans and our traditional names and also our songs from our mother’s side of the family. That’s how we get our crests.

—Bob Dempsey

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Book Description

Dempsey Bob: In His Own Voice is based on the first full-scale solo museum exhibition of this extraordinary Tahltan-Tlingit artist, one of the finest living carvers of the Northwest Coast. Drawing from extensive interviews with the artist by the exhibition’s co-curator, Sarah Milroy, the book presents the story of his life told his own way, including extensive and intimate reflections on the creation of particular works. Gorgeous photographs of the artworks, which are drawn from key private collections in Canada and public collections in Canada, the US and beyond, are supplemented with material from his sketchbooks to create a vivid portrait of the creative process.



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Daily Hive

“Dempsey Bob’s book […] has teachings for us mere mortals, warnings of cultures being lost, of the importance of passing on our values, of how stories are teachers and have meanings, and how we need to pay attention to those stories before it is too late.”

The British Columbia Review

“The show is accompanied by a remarkable book, Dempsey Bob: In His Own Voice, that is both glossy and homespun in the best possible ways.”

Galleries West

“The book’s glossy photographs of gorgeous carvings by Bob, who is of Tahltan and Tlingit descent, are accompanied by engaging first-person stories about his life.”

Art Books 2022

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  • Hardcover
  • 9 × 10 inches
  • 216 pages
  • 978-1-77327-161-3
  • $45 CDN / $40 USD
  • April 2022