Alaskan Artist Cordova, Alaska 1949. Ekemo attended the Alaska Methodist University and the University of Alaska from 1968 to 1972. In 1972 Ekemo started Ekemo Studios, doing sculpting and carvings in ivory stone and fossil bone. In 1976 Ekemo moved to Seattle and was a partner in North Coast Trading Co.. With a larger staff and as many as thirty diverse artists and craft persons Ekemo experimented with many different media. Eventually moving back to Anchorage and in 1990 moved Ekemo Studios to Eagle River Alaska.
Ekemo Studios sculptures and carvings have been collected by many notable personalities and collectors from around the world. All of the Artist are Alaskan Artists. Each piece is made by hand. Over 40 years of carving & Sculpture excellence in Alaska. Below you can find some information about the Ekemo Studios Artists:
Norman Oakland : Alaskan Artist
Norman's does most of Ekimo’s prepping and finishing work. Since 1994 has been assisting other artists at Ekemo Studios in the prep and finish and technical aspect of their work. Norman makes a series of dolls, bowls, soapstone masks, the cut out and assembly of our stone panels, restoration and repairs.
Charles Oakley : Alaskan Artist
Chaz grew up on a homestead in Ninilchick, Alaska. He attended Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and was an apprentice for Professor Al Wadzenskie, a known bronze sculptor. Chaz is currently producing work in Bone and Stone . Chaz likes to pan for gold and do spray-can art at the fairs and festivals around Alaska.
Brian Ashmore : Alaskan Artist
Brian currently living in Anchorage. Brian started carving at Ekemo Studios in the fall of 2015. Brian is currently doing work in stone and bone.
John Thede : Alaskan Artist
John resides in Peters Creek Alaska. John attended the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne Indiana where he received his Bachalor Degree of Liberal Arts. majors and minors in education and art . John's work at Ekemo Studios is primarily focused on carving in bone. John currently does many of our larger pieces.
Kylie Fisher: Alaskan Artist
Most artists start doing artwork at an early age and seem to have a natural inclination to move in that direction and Kylie was no exception. Kylie is doing much of the soapstone at Ekemo Studios. “ We are all energy that flows endlessly, our senses are the interpretation of that energy. As an artist the energy of Alaska inspires me to create the content of my soul!” Kylie likes the outdoors her pet rabbit, Yoga and making things.
David Studer: Alaskan Artist
David started his art career at an early age and went on to degree in Industrial Design. Prior to moving to Alaska he used his talent for ten plus years as an artist for the game industry doing artwork for Hasbro, Nintendo, Bangee and Wickeds Game and at the same time raised his family in the Pacific Northwest. He presently makes Alaska his home doing Alaskan Art.