Barnabus Arnasungaaq

Barnabus Arnasungaaq

1924 - 
Baker Lake, Nunavut Territory
Barnabus Arnasungaaq is the oldest living artist from the Baker Lake originals.  Since his first exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 1964 he has been collected internationally.  His style has become iconic for the region and his influence is seen in the work of emerging artists.

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Johnny Inukpuk

Johnny Inukpuk

B. 1911 - 2007
Inoucdjouac, Québec

Johnny Inukpuk began carving in the early 1950's and his sculptures reflected both the austere and loving realities of life. 

His work received recognition as part of an exhibition of Inuit art known as The Coronation Exhibition held at Gimpel Fils in London, England in 1953. 

In 1978, Inukpuk was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Fine Arts. A prolific artist, he was still carving well into his later years. 

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Toona Iqalik (Iquliq)

Toona Iqalik (Iquliq)

1935-2015
Baker Lake, Nunavut Territory

Toona Iqalik was born in 1935 near Baker Lake, where he lived and worked for most of his career.  With over 40 years of experience carving, he is most recognized for his rounded abstract carvings of people.  However, figures such as muskox, birds and bears were also characteristic. His children, Johnny, Louie and Camill are also well known carvers.  Since the 1960s, Toona has had numerous exhibitions across North America and the United States as well as in Europe and England.

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Kakee Ningeosiaq

Kakee Ningeosiaq

 

Originally from Iqaluit, Kakee moved to Cape Dorset in 1993. He began carving at the age of 16 and although he is self-taught, he also learned by watching other carvers, which included His father, Ningeosiak Peter, and his mother, Parnee Peter. Kakee’s grandfather, the late Jamasie Teevee was a well-known graphic artist.

He is also known as Ningeeochiak, Peter

Exhibitions
1991   Inuit Music in Art: Singing & Dancing & Playing, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1995   Miniaturen, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany, (brochure)
1997   Stone & Bone, The Inuit Master Carvers of the Canadian Arctic, The North West Company, Sun Valley Center for the Arts &          Humanities Ketchum, ID
2010   Arctic Wind III: An Expression of Survival, Coastal Peoples Gallery, Vancouver, BC, (illustrated brochure)
2012   Small Treasures, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

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Nuna Parr

Nuna Parr

Nuna was born near Cape Dorset and lived with his adoptive parents the graphic artists Parr and Eleeshushe. The family moved to Cape Dorset in 1960, after Parr was injured in an accident, and the young Nuna started carving while he was still in school. His interest in hunting and his regard for the animal life of the Arctic are directly reflected in his work. His rounded forms have great movement and a natural flow with the grain of the stone, as if both were made for each other. He has been carving for forty years, and his work continues to be shown nationally and internationally.

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Pavinak Petalaussie

Pavinak Petalaussie

B. 1961

Pavinaq’s father, the late Aggeak Petaulassie (1983), was also a carver. His mother, Timangiak, and brothers Qatsiya and Etidlui are artists in Cape Dorset.

“My father used to tell me about carving…I like carving in stone because it is easier to work with.” Pavinaq began carving in the early 1970’s and prefers groupings of birds or walrus, “They are beautiful animals, that’s why.” From an interview with the Inuit Art Section, November, 1994.

Since 1984 the artist’s work has been shown in Vancouver, Toronto, Banff, and San Francisco.

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Palaya Qiatsuq

Palaya Qiatsuq

B. 1965
Cape Dorset

Palaya learned how to carve the traditional way - by watching his father. He carved his first two pieces at the age of 12, a bird and a bear. For the past 20 years Palaya has been carving and keeping traditioal stories alive through his work. Stories of transformation and shmanism from his childhood are among Palaya's favourite themes. 

Although Palaya views himself as an artist above all else, he is also a "traditionalist with a mission." 

"I also see my mission as edicating and teaching others about my culture. Any opportunity I have to travel and give demonstrations and workshops helps contribute to others' apreciation of our art forms." - Palaya Qiatsuq

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Toonoo Sharky RCA

Toonoo Sharky RCA

Toonoo’s parents, Josephee Sharky and Ragee Killiktee, were both carvers, though he credits his grandfather Kuppapik Ragee and his uncle Shorty Killiktee as influences. Toonoo started carving at age ten, began to get serious at thirteen and first exhibited when he was just seventeen. He is regarded as one of the most exciting young carvers to emerge in the Arctic. His themes include dramatic treatments of wildlife, particularly birds, and transformational works that are both powerful and humorous. Recent sculptures feature inlays of different coloured stone and ivory for eyes and other details. 

 

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