Jay Brabant was born January 5th 1970 in Victoria B.C. Although he is of Cree descent, he was brought up under the influence of the people of the Northwest Coast. Jay began carving at the age of twelve under the tutelage of his father, Gene Brabant, himself a master carver. Together they traveled across the United States and Canada visiting museums and studying the old pieces.
His main influences are his father and the Hunt family. Jay continues to learn the art form, expanding his studies to the Bella Coola and Tlingit styles. Jay’s work is particularly clean in its execution and rates highly among his fellow carvers.