Joseph Wilson (Hak’wesagame’) is a descendant of the ‘Namgis First Nation and a grandson of Chief Alvin Edgar Alfred. Joe began his interest in the coastal art forms at a young age. At the age of 12, he completed a course under the instruction of master carver Doug Cranmer. Joe continued with exploring the coastal art forms in 2-D design until the age of 21 when he was exposed to wood carving. Joe has been privileged to work with many of the great artists along the coast over the years. He found inspiration in the works of master carvers like Willie Seaweed, Mungo Martin and Beau Dick. Joe works in flat design, wood, metal, and stone. He enjoys working within the traditional forms, as well as exploring the more contemporary applications of the Namgis art.
Joe headed a large project at the Dolfinarium Harderwijk in the Netherlands, that consisted of a Kwakwaka’wakw village which encompassed the legend of the Undersea Kingdom.