About the Artist

“My works are formulated by merging the spirit of past traditions with those of the present… to create new horizons for the future.”

Marvin Oliver (Quinault/ Isleta-Pueblo) (1946 – 2019) was one of the Northwest Coast’s foremost contemporary sculptors and printmakers, who made strides in the art world for the development and recognition of Native American Contemporary Fine Art.

Oliver’s career spanned  over 40 years. He worked in a variety of media including, cedar, bronze, steel and glass.  He also became renowned for the grand size of his sculptures such as the 26ft long suspended steel and glass piece “Mystical Journey” at the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Oliver’s monumental public works have been installed throughout the state of Washington, the US, Canada, Japan and Italy.  Although, he has become widely known for his grand scale sculpture, he started his career with silk-screened prints, and created a new print every year until his death.  The stationery cards shown on this website are reproductions of his limited edition serigraphs.

Oliver was also a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and served as Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Native American Art at the Burke Museum.

For more information on Marvin and his other works, please visit his website www.marvinoliver.com