Abel Ryan was born in Ketchikan, Alaska in 1978. His home is in Metlakatla on the Annette Island Reserve in Southeast Alaska. Abel is half Tsimshian, a member of the Metlakatla Indian Community, and a member of the Wolf Clan. In May of 2006 Abel graduated from Sheldon Jackson College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and a minor in Art. In May of 2009 he graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Native Arts Studio and Printmaking. Abel studied traditional Tsimshian art under master carver Jack Hudson of Metlakatla. He has carved in Metlakatla, Sitka, Juneau, and Fairbanks for over 24 years. Working in the medium of wood and metals, Abel produces masks, bowls, spoons, pipes, ladles, plaques, combs, bracelets, rings, pendants and other hand carved items. He is also proficient in two-dimensional graphic design using Northwest Coast formline art. In June 2013 Abel was invited to an international carving competition in Beijing, China. Abel has also taught classes at Sheldon Jackson College, the University of Alaska in Sitka and Fairbanks, and the Alaska Native Heritage Foundation in Anchorage. He has been a demonstrating artist at the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka, Museum of the North in Fairbanks, and the Alaska State Museum in Juneau. His work is sold in galleries in Juneau, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, and Sitka.
Hear Abel talk about his work: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHMdUVVUmIY