Alfred, Bruce - 'Malidi
Bruce is of the ‘Na̱maǥis band. He was born August 24th, 1950 in ʼYa̱lis (Alert Bay), British Columbia. Immersed in the traditional practices of his Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw culture, he was raised by his grandmother the late Axu, Agnes Alfred and currently resides in Alert Bay.
Bruce’s parents are Clarence Alfred Sr. from Tsax̱is (Fort Rupert) and ‘Namgis tribes; his mother is Lilac nee Matilpi from the Ma’amtagila (Matilpi Tribes) and the Kwagu’ł.
Bruce stems from a long line of prominent artists. He is a first cousin with the renowned Hunt brothers. Throughout his career he has worked with such prominent artists as Kwamxalagalis (Wayne Alfred), 'Walas G̱wa̱ʼya̱m (Beau Dick) and Richard Hunt. World-renowned artist, Doug Cranmer was instrumental in teaching Bruce the elements of design and engraving and introduced him to the art of steamed bent wood boxes and chests.
Bruce has been a part of many monumental projects; including the replica building of a Haida village headed by Bill Reid and Doug Cranmer. Additionally, he also contributed to the carving of a 30-foot totem pole for his village at Alert Bay.
Bruce’s career spans 30 years. He presently focuses on steam-bent boxes and chests that are elaborately carved and painted. His signature is in the shaping of the lid, which resembles a seat. This seat-shaped lid reveals a traditional style of chests owned by Chiefs who sat on the box during special occasions. These bentwood chests and boxes are highly sought after by many international collectors for their dramatic and ancient traditional qualities.
Bruce Alfred is one of the premier artists of the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw and his work is highly prized and sought after by collectors both locally and internationally.
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