Archive for July 2, 2013

Artist of the moment…..John Pangnark

John Pangnark was another great Inuit artist born in Windy Lake in the year 1920. Pangnark moved to Arviat on the Hudson Bay and started making art as means to make money. As so many of his generation experienced the difficulties of  the dying of the trapping and fur trade. I have written about this in the past for readers to the site. Do a site search for James Houston who helped bring the Inuits world wide exposure and recognition.

He achieved a great deal of fame in the 1970s.

In 1970 the artist was invited to participate in the World’s Fair in Osaka, Japan. Here he showed the world his fantastic sculpting methods. I like to think of his work as very modern in dealing with the figure. Pangnark reminds me most of Modigliani. Below an example of Modigliani’s work.


Some key aspects to look for in the art of John Pangnark is his use of four lines to form a face. Very simple and eloquent similar to Modigliani. Another aspect was to dress his women in the traditional Inuit parka hoods.

John Pangnark passed away in 1980 at the age of 60 series old.

From our friends at Waddingston’s Auction House of Canada we visit a work of a modern figure at auction.

Price range information: The artist has works priced from $2,000 to $20,000