Artist Talk: Jesse Brillon and Marlo Wylie Brillon

By: Bill Reid Gallery

On October 10th, 2023, art enthusiasts joined an insightful online session titled "Artist Talk with Jesse Brillon and Marlo Wylie Brillon". The discussion explored the art, experiences, and connections of the two artists. 

The conversation showcased Jesse Brillon and his niece, Marlo Wylie Brillon, unraveling the complexities of their art and their familial connection. Jesse, an artist from Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, and Marlo, an emerging talent making waves in the art world, discussed the nuances of their craft, their shared heritage, and the role of mentorship in their journeys.

Interested in the full details of the artists' conversation? Check the complete version of the webinar below:

Background: 'The Art of Dimension' Exhibition

Both Jesse and Marlo were central figures in our mezzanine exhibition, "The Art of Dimension", that took place from July 4th to October 15th, 2023. The exhibition showcased the works of Jesse and Marlo, emphasizing Haida storytelling, scholarship, and artistry that spans generations.

Artists' Overview

Skil Xaaw Jesse Brillon resides in his home village of Skidegate, Haida Gwaii where he balances commercial fishing and a love of the environment with his art career. After high school, he apprenticed with Haida artist Don Yeomans and Gitksan master jeweller Phil Janze. Brillon has achieved a mastery of the form and now creates museum quality pieces individualized by their fineness, boldness, and depth. His works are held in private collections globally and have been exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Vancouver, the Haida Gwaii Museum, and the Comox Valley Art Gallery.

Emerging artist Haayłingtso Marlo Wylie Brillon has studied Haida art from her uncle, Skil Xaaw Jesse Brillon, Kwakwa ka 'wakw art from Chief  wa  mxa  laga  lis Andy Everson, and steam bending to create bentwood boxes from Richard Sumner. With her partner Karver Everson, Marlo is now focused on cedar carving. Marlo was awarded two YVR Emerging Artist Scholarships (2019 and 2020), providing an opportunity to exhibit her work at the Vancouver International Airport and the Museum of Vancouver.