Jay Haavik's work primarily draws on themes from Viking and early Scandinavian art styles and Northwest Coast Native art forms. His media includes wood, stone, drawings, prints, sculptured brick and fine furniture.

Indiv. Exhibits       Group Shows       Commissions       Awards       Galleries       Lectures       Articles       Education       Commissions Accepted

Individual Exhibits

  • Pacific Lutheran University Scandinavian Cultural Center, "One Artist,Two Worlds: Jay Haavik Explores Viking and Northwest Coast Native Art", Tacoma, Wash., 2004
  • Ancient Grounds, "New Works By Jay Haavik", Seattle, 2002
  • Nordic Heritage Museum, “Cultures Connect! Seeking the Similar in Viking and Northwest Native Style Art”, Seattle, 2002
  • Straylight Gallery, Missoula, Montana, 1997
  • Lynnwood Arts Commission Gallery, Lynnwood, Wash., 1997

Group Shows

  • Gage Academy of Fine Art, Seattle, Spring, Summer, and Alumni Shows, 2008 -10
  • Stonington Gallery, “ Winter Solstice”, 2005-11
  • Nordic Heritage Museum, “Nordic Artists Northwest”, 2005
  • Norse Hall, Portland, Oregon, 2003
  • Muskegon Museum of Art, “Faces of the World”, Muskegon, Michigan, 1996
  • Union Art Coop Show, Seattle, 1995, 1997
  • Three Person Show at Washington State Capital Building, Olympia, 1991
  • Quintana Galleries, three person show on architectural uses of Northwest Coast Indian Art, Portland, Oregon 1991
  • Bailey Nelson Gallery, “Spring Mask Show”, Seattle, Wash., 1989
  • Quintana Galleries, “Annual Northwest Coast Indian Art Show”, Portland, Oregon, 1984-1991
  • Stonington Gallery, group shows, Seattle, Wash., 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Twenty-Six Horses, group show, New York, 1983
  • Jerome Evan Gallery, group show, Sacramento, Calif., 1983-4
  • SAFECO Corporation of America, curated and exhibited a group show of Northwest Coast Indian art, 1983, Seattle, Wash.
  • “Convergence - 1982”, Handweaver’s Guild of America Convention, 1982, Seattle, Wash.
  • Louise Matzke Gallery, group show, Seattle, Wash., 1982Gorlick and Sons Gallery, two person show, Seattle,Wash., 1980


  • 2010-12 - lead wood carver for building of replica of Oseberg Viking ship in Tonsberg, Norway.
  • 2010 - Designed and supervised construction of the Steve Cox Memorial. The memorial, consisting of 5 large basalt columns, honored Deputy Steve Cox who was killed in line of duty.
  • 2007 - Selected by the Leif Erikson International Foundation to design a new base and surrounding area for the relocation of Seattle’s Shilshoe Bay Marina Leif Erikson statue.
  • 2008 - Designed and installed a rune stone with Viking era designs for Berger Place Plaza, Ballard, Seattle, WA,
  • 2006 - Invited by The Society for the Preservation of Norwegian Ancient Monuments to carve a replica of the Urnes Stave Church Portal at the Visitor’s Center for the Borgund Stave Church.
  • 2004 - selected by Seattle/Christchurch, New Zealand, Sister City Organization to create 13 ' totem pole for the City of Christchurch.
  • 2003 - Created a 88’x17’ exterior installation, entitled “Three Entertainers and Friends”, for the White River Amphitheater on the Muckleshoot Reservation, Auburn, WA.
  • 2000 - Carved panel for REI retail store in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1997 - Lynnwood Art Commission, Lynnwood, WA
  • 1996 - United Airlines, Seattle, WA
  • 1996 - Two carved panels for new REI flagship store in Seattle, WA.
  • 1993 - Interior and exterior art installation for the Puyallup Indian Reservation in Tacoma, WA.
  • Washington State Arts Commission, under the Folk Arts/Apprenticeship Program.
  • 1993 - Dennis Katzeek, Chilkat-Tlingit, learned construction of a bentwood drum.
  • 1993 - Finalist Metro Arts program, awarded $1000 to prepare proposals for artwork at six park-and-ride lots
  • 1991 - Washington State Arts Commission
  • 1991 - Scandinavian Airlines
  • 1989 - Edmonds Community College, Kobe, Japan
  • 1984 - Ecochem, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Numerous national and international private commissions.


  • Recipient of 2006
    Norwegian Marshall Fund Award of $4000 for study at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo and portal carving in Borgund, Norway
  • Recipient of 2002 Norwegian Marshall Fund Award of $4000 for three month research/study in Norway at the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo, Norway
  • Recipient of 1995 Artist Trust Fellowship award of $5000


  • Primary Elements Gallery, Cannon Beach, Oregon
  • Bailey Nelson Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • Quintana Galleries, Portland, Oregon
  • Stonington Gallery, Seattle, Wash.
  • Objects of Bright Pride, Juneau, Ak., New York, and Seattle
  • American Shadows, Lincoln City, Oregon
  • Gallery of the North, Juneau, Ak.
  • Frank and Dunya, Seattle, Wash.
  • Jerome Evans Gallery, Sacramento, Calif.
  • The Legacy, Seattle, Wash.
  • North-by-Northwest, Port Townsend, Wash.
  • Northwest Discovery, Bellevue, Wash.
  • Raven West Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • Real Mother Goose, Portland, Oregon
  • Scanlon Gallery, Sitka, Ak.
  • Twenty-Six horses, New York


  • 2010, “The Making of a New Oseberg Ship”, Swedish Cultural Center, Seattle, Wash.
  • 2007, “From Viking Ships to Stave Churches: Fabulous Wood Carvings from the Viking Era”, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, and Nordic Study Circle, Gig Harbor, Wash. 2008.
  • 2004, "Observations on the Artistic Process", Central Seattle Community College
  • 2004, "Inside Oslo's Viking Ship Museum", Pacific Lutheran University Scandinavian Cultural Center
  • 2003, "Viking Art", Full Circle Symposium, Nordic Heritage Museum
  • 2003, "Viking Art", Nordic Heritage Museum Lecture Series.
  • 2002, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, “Cultures Connect! Seeking the Similar in Viking Era and Northwest Coast Native Style Art
  • 2001, Nordic Study Circle, “When Ancient Traditions Meet: The Woodworking Art of Jay Haavik”
  • 2000, Seattle Art Museum, “PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ART COMMISSIONS: Similarities and Differences”
  • 1999, University of Washington, “MERGING OF TWO ARTFORMS: Early Scandinavian and Northwest Coast Native Style Art”


  • Fine Woodworking Magazine, “Bringing Life to Flat Panels by Adding Texture", October, 2003
  • Western Viking, March 7, 2003
  • Viking Heritage, "Meet The Woodcarving Artist, Jay Haavik", Jan., 2003
  • Dawn Pie, “Spirituality and Masks”, 1996


Primarily Self Taught. Have participated in many drawing, painting, wood working and sculpture classes, some of which have been with with:

  • Robert Hoggard
  • Academy of Realistic Art
  • Pratt Fine Arts Center
  • Gage Academy of Fine Art
  • University of Washington
  • Wolfdancer School
  • Seattle Academy of Fine Art
  • Gage Academy of Art


    Summer, 2003 – Study at the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo, Norway.

    2002 – School of Classical Woodcarving, Mill Valley, Calif.

    1991-2 – Fine Furniture Making, Seattle Central Community College

Commissions Accepted

    Contact Jay at:

    Jay Haavik
    8015 45th S.W.
    Seattle, Washington   98136

    (206) 938-4999

    e-mail: haavik@comcast.net