Artist James Hart grows into new space as part of Tlingit art revival


August 31, 2023

Lex Treinen

Artist James G̱ooch Éesh Hart pencils in a design on a formline painting. Hart said he sees himself as part of a precarious but meaningful revitalization of Tlingit art in Haines. "It took a long time to get to the point where I felt comfortable saying 'Yes, my name is James Hart and I am an artist,'" he said. "I feel comfortable saying that because I put in a lot of time and effort and hours."

At his small art studio on a recent weekday afternoon, 33-year-old Haines artist James Hart was hard at work perfecting a curve on a single pencil line on a piece of tracing paper. Nobody else was in view in Dalton City, where he just rented a stu...

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