John Livingston has been a friend of Alcheringa Gallery since 1993 when he acted as co – curator of the first of several exhibitions featuring the work of the Hunt family with whom he was closely associated. He assisted Chief Tony Hunt in the establishment of the Arts of the Raven art gallery in the 1970’s. This small gallery attracted the attention of major institutions globally and heightened the awareness of contemporary Northwest Coast monumental carving.
Master carver, teacher, mentor and friend to generations of artists. His cultural knowledge was profound equaled only by his generosity in sharing this with the young people who over the years apprenticed with him.
As a teacher he set the bar high, his gruff exterior belied a kind heart and he possessed a rare ability to orchestrate the creation of major group projects involving a number of artists sometimes across diverse Northwest Coast nations. As well as learning to carve, his students. also learned from him the value of professional behavior and entrepreneurial skills.