Josh Kolay

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Aboriginal artist, Josh Kolay brings his deep historical and cultural relationship with the land and nature to life in his work.


Knowledgeable in the history and customs of his people and of the vast region of his Traditional Lands, he uses this understanding to depict the special interrelatedness of man and the natural world in his art. Josh turns to the myths, legends and stories of his people as sources for his images.


A member of the Dene Tha` First Nation in Northwestern Alberta, Josh discovered his love for sketching as a child when he used coal from the camp fires to create images of cabins and wildlife on cardboard boxes brought home from the Hudson`s Bay store by his grandparents.

Josh's early interests in sketching led to his attending art training at University of Calgary. An artist for over 40 years, Josh has been influenced by the works he has studied from different Aboriginal and other Canadian artists.