The work of David Wilson is an exploration of traditional narratives of the Okanagan First Nations’ people. Based on pictographs found on several sites in the Okanagan region, the artist creates a re-interpretation of traditional stories.
Wilson was born and raised in the Vernon area and is a member of the Okanagan Indian Band.
He discovered Interior Salish pictographs in a book when he was 12, and later, while taking business courses, he worked and learned Native art forms from Coastal Salish and Haida artists in Vancouver.
After the exploration of West Coast and Plains First Nations’ art forms, Wilson started to draw inspiration from his connection to the Okanagan Nation art. He continued to study pictographs, first in historic publications in local museum, and later in various First Nations art books and on-line.
Wilson has developed his own unique style, combining vibrant colours and linear forms within a circle picture. His art work draws on the symbols and stories of his Okanagan First Nations heritage and culture with an emphasis on the meaning and symbolism of the art of the Okanagan People
The Syilx Trail Gift Store and Gallery is at the heart of the beautiful Okanagan Valley located at Lake Okanagan Shopping Mall on WFN lands, unceded traditional territories of the Syilx People. Our mission is to prioritize the sale of authentic local indigenous art with WFN band members while educating the customer about the story of the artwork.