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Ed Noisecat began his career in lithography before switching to carving and sculpture that reflect Northwestern contemporary and traditional native influences. Born in 1959 in the residential mission schoolhouse his mom was attending in Williams Lake, British Columbia, Noisecat is the oldest of seven brothers and sisters, most of whom still live on the Williams Lake reservation. His mother is of the Canim Lake Band of Shuswap Indians, his father from the Stlitlimx; both belong to the Salish peoples of the Northwest Coast. Noisecat says with understatement, "It's a really hard thing to get off the rez and make a place for yourself. I was determined from a very young age to get out of there." After graduating from high school in 1977, Noisecat worked as a carpenter, then moved to Vancouver to attend junior college. It was during college that Noisecat discovered lithography. In 1986, Noisecat moved to New York, embarking on a career as a fine-art lithographer at various print shops, one being Ken Tyler's world-renowned Tyler Graphics, where Noisecat worked with Frank Stella, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, and Roy Lichtenstein. In 1989, Noisecat was invited to participate in a sculpture show in Seattle, WA. where he came into his own as a sculptor. Noisecat explains, "I came into my career, to sculpture and carving, from the extreme contemporary side; that's my approach. I've come from the other direction, as opposed to most Native artists, who come at their art from their culture first." Source

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