Jonathan Allen Wurtak

Jonathan Allen Wurtak

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Whitehorse, Yukon

Tlingit Painter and Printing Artist

Jon Wurtak is of Teslin Tlingit descent. This self taught artist carves, draws and makes prints. Jon grew up believing that art was a very important part of life. In his practice he has worked at moving forward with his style, without forgetting traditionI was born in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory, Canada.

“I grew up further south in British Columbia. Growing up with other cultures offers some advantages, but they don’t tell me about me. I had to come back to the Yukon, at the age of 19, and spend a long time unlearning everything. A self-taught artist, I can now proudly say that I am Teslin Tlingit. I have gone to my elders’ stories and my people’s history to find my inspiration and spirit. My people’s art flows within me.”
            - Jonathan Wurtak