Clifton Guthrie is a Tsimshian artist from Alaska. He was born 1987 and raised in Metlakatla and moved to Seattle after he completed high school.
Clifton's passion for Tsimshian culture and art was ingrained in him from childhood; listening to his great grandfather’s stories, attending potlatches and participating in raising totem poles were all a regular part of his youth.
In high school, he began studying under Tsimshian carver Jack Hudson. When he attended college, he continued carving, painting, and glass etching.
In 2011, Clifton was invited to apprentice under renowned Tsimshian carver and culture bearer David A. Boxley. He began deeply studying the art of design and making masks, bentwood boxes, drums, totem poles, and other wood work. Clifton continues to explore and share his design, carving, and cultural knowledge under the watchful eye of David A Boxley, while working alongside David R Boxley, a celebrated artist in his own right.
Clifton works in Seattle as a full time carpenter and continues to advance his cultural knowledge, and produce Tsimshian art in various art forms.