From the Salish Weave Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Maynard Johnny Jr. was born in 1973 in Campbell River, British Columbia. He is a descendant of both the Kwakwaka'wakw and Coast Salish Nations and thus has inherited a unique blend of culture and tradition.
Maynard is a self-taught artist who has been working since his teens. He draws inspiration from many Northwest Coast artists and particularly admires the late Art Thompson, Richard Hunt, Robert Davidson and Mark Henderson. Maynard's principal endeavour is graphic design; his logo designs have garnered a number of awards. He also enjoys carving masks and panels.
Maynard's artwork has been exhibited at Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Museum of Arts and Design, in New York and at The National September 11 Memorial and Museum.