John Sabourin, a Dene from the Dehcho First Nation of Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, Canada. After completing a Fine Arts Course with Arctic College, he decided to continue formal studies of Art at the Victoria College of Art, Victoria, British Columbia, graduating in 1999. As a carver he embraces his Dene culture bringing stone to life through stories and legends.
In 2005, John received the People’s Choice Award and in 2004 the Artists’ Choice Award for his work at the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, Northwest Territories where he had been exhibiting his paintings and carvings since 1993. From 2003 – 2007 he was pleased to participate in the Open Sky Festival in Fort Simpson, N.W.T.
John feels privileged to be able to work at something he cares about so deeply, and enjoys sharing his art and knowledge with others. He has taught carving workshops to students at schools in Yellowknife, N.W.T. since 2003 and to adults at various art festivals.