Dylan Thomas

Coast Salish

Born in Victoria, in 1986, Dylan Thomas (Qwul’thilum) is a Coast Salish artist and member of the Lyackson First Nation (Valdes Island), through his grandfather, Clifford Thomas. He currently resides in Victoria, B.C.

Dylan also has Songhees heritage through his great grandmother, Mary Moody (of the Albany family), Squamish heritage though his great grandfather, George Moody, and Snuneymuxw heritage through his grandmother, Doris Josephson (from the Wyse family).

Dylan was introduced to Coast Salish art and culture at a young age. His family ensured that Dylan attended all cultural ceremonies and events happening in the community. His parents were passionate collectors of Northwest art with a focus on Coast Salish art. His grandfather and father were notable drawers. His grandmothers were incredible at handcrafting dream catchers, regalia dolls, and more.

"I was obsessed with drawing at a young age. I wanted to pursue animation, comic book creation, and graphic design." Dylan received training in jewelry techniques from the late Seletze (Delmar Johnnie) and studied under Rande Cook in all mediums of Northwest Coast art. After working with Rande Cook, he said he "felt like I shoulda been doing this [creating Coast Salish art] my whole life."

Dylan’s artwork has been published in The Journal of Mathematics and the Arts (Taylor and Francis), and in Contemporary Art on the Northwest Coast by Karen & Ralph Norris. In 2013, Dylan was featured – alongside Rande Cook, lessLIE, and Francis Dick – in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Urban Thunderbirds/Ravens in a Material World art show, and in 2016, Dylan held his first solo exhibit, titled Sacred Geometry, at Alcheringa Gallery in Victoria. Along with Rande and Delmar, Dylan’s art has been influenced by the late Art Thompson, Susan Point and Robert Davidson. Dylan has also extensively studied other forms of traditional geometric art, and his work has been deeply influenced by Vajrayana Buddhist mandalas, Celtic knots, Islamic tessellations, and many other ancient geometric art traditions.