Jamin Zuroski is a Namgis First Nations Artist, residing in Victoria, BC. Jamin holds mixed ancestry from Ukrainian and Polish on his father’s side and Namgis First Nation on his mothers side. Jamin is one of three siblings from his mother, Cindy Cook and is a grandchild to Ruth and George Cook. The Gigalgam Cook family comes Alert Bay, which is located on Cormorant Island. Alert Bay sits on the regional lands of the Kwakwaka’wakw, the Kwak’wala speaking peoples.
Since 1985, Jamin has lived in Victoria, BC, on the lands of the Coast Salish Peoples. When available, Jamin continues to visit Alert Bay to attend cultural ceremonies and events. He was first introduced to learn and practice a variety of West Coast Indigenous design styles in grade seven at James Bay Elementary School. During this time of artistic learning, he instantly became spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally connected to the stories and legends of West Coast Indigenous Peoples.
As Jamin navigated and practiced art throughout junior high and high school, he was honoured numerous art awards. During his teenage years, he was offered after hours opportunities to continue his practice and artistic learning under the mentorship and guidance of Victor Newman, Carey Newman and Rande Cook.
For the past 25 years, Jamin has practiced and worked with a variety of artists, community members, organizations, businesses, schools, friendship centres, municipalities and government on a variety of cultural projects and initiatives. Some of the current mediums he works with are cedar wood carving, cedar and glass sandblasting, mural painting, canvas painting, chalk and computer graphics.
Education and Apprenticeships
March 2019 – Present
Apprenticed for Rande Cook, painting, carving, sanding, tracing and varnishing cedar panels and masks.
October 1994 – Present
Apprenticed for Victor and Carey Newman, painting, carving, sanding, tracing and varnishing cedar totems, panels, bentwood boxes, masks, rattles, doors and building walls. Carved, pierced, polished and assembled silver and gold jewelry. Assembled sacred items to the “Witness Blanket”.
2019 – Honouring the Warrior Spirit, Fortune Gallery, Victoria, BC
2015 – First Nations, Inuit and Metis Art Show, Mary Winsspear Centre, Sidney, BC
2018 Winner – Indigenous Justice Association Logo Art Contest
2017 Winner – BC Assets Management Logo Art Contest
2014 Winner – First Nations Team BC Logo Art Contest
2014 Winner – Peace Hills Trust Art Contest
2019 – Victoria Native Friendship Centre and Rotary International – Mural painting of Tech Centre
2019 – BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres – Gathering Our Voices Youth Gathering – Legacy Art Project – Metal Totems and Cedar Sign
2019 – BC Games Society – Team BC – Uniform and pin collection for the 2019 Canada Winter Games
2017 – Partnership with First Nations Team BC and BC Games Society Team BC – Uniform for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games and Canada Summer Games
2016 – 20’x20’ 3D chalk art, Bay Centre, Victoria
2015 – MCFD Victoria – Logo for Aboriginal Policy and Practicing Framework in British Columbia
2014 – MCFD Victoria – Digital Graphics for Activity Book for Young Children in Care
2013 – School District 61 – Aboriginal Nations Education Division – Digital Graphics for promotional materials and Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement
2019 – Canada Winter Games – BC Games Society https://www.vicnews.com/sports/team-bc-uniforms-will-include-a-totem-puzzle-pin-for-all-athletes/ https://sportmedbc.com/news/team-bc-ready-2019-canada-winter-games
2018 – Artslandia Magazine https://issuu.com/artslandia/docs/artslandia1718_commonpages_finaldig
2016 – Victoria International Art Festival, https://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/artists-gather-for-victoria-international-chalk-festival-1.2339032 https://artsvictoria.ca/index.php?htaccess_qs=show/423793/view
2015 – Victoria International Chalk Art Festival https://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/james-bay-grocer-chalks-his-way-to-sidewalk-stardom-1.2054555
2014 – Create Community Colour Mural Program https://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/residents/culture/public-art/create-community-colour-mural-program.html
2014 – Victoria International Art Festival, http://robsonranchviews.com/chalk-2/ https://www.oregonlive.com/travel/2014/09/victoria_international_chalk_a.html
2013 – Victoria International Art Festifal, https://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/chalk-artist-to-highlight-first-nations-plight-at-victoria-festival-1.621101
2012 – Victoria Native Friendship Centre – Elders Room https://www.timescolonist.com/life/exhibit-features-urban-coast-salish-works-1.7176