Born in Alert Bay British Columbia in 1959, Corrine has been creating contemporary art that reflects the themes and traditions of her First Nations Komoyue and Tlingit heritage since 1985. Corrine’s works include engraved gold and silver jewelry and accessories, custom furnishings in carved stainless steel and reclaimed wood, modern totem poles and other sculptural installations. A member of the Raven Gwa’wina clan from Ts’akis, a Komoyue village on Vancouver Island, Corrine’s rich family history includes internationally renowned First Nations artists Henry, Richard and Tony Hunt, all of whom have influenced her art. Uncle Norman Brotchie was also an early teacher and mentor. Corrine too has mentored First Nations and other artists and continues to be a strong and vocal supporter of the arts in British Columbia.
Corrine Hunt’s grandmother is A’neesla’ga, a Tlingit noblewoman from Alaska. Her uncle is engraver Norman Brotchie. Corrine has lived in the Vancouver area since 1975, graduating from high school and continuing her education at Simon Fraser University, where she majored in Anthropology. Norman Brotchie sparked her interest in creating art with his beautiful hand-engraved jewellery, and was instrumental in introducing her to Kwakwaka’wakw art. Corrine has been working as a jeweller since 1985. She sells her work to galleries throughout North America, and is collected around the world. In 2006, she designed the logo for the World Peace Forum, which was held in Vancouver. She also has large installations at Whistler’s Hilton Hotel, and the office for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). In 2009, Corrine co-created the medals for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver with designer Omer Arbel.