Artist of the moment…..Helen Kalvak

Helen Kalvak was another fantastic Inuit graphic artist born in Tahiryuak Island, Victoria Island, Canada. The artist lived the traditional nomadic lifestyle for most of her life. Her father taught her how to be a shaman.

She was associated with Holman, Northwest Territories, Canada press. The artist is credited with 176 prints over her long career. She moved to the city after the death of husband at an early age. In Holman with the help of a clergyman she was able to found a printing press.

Completed more than 1800 drawings. Very prolific output.

Kalvak enjoyed working with the female form. As with most Inuit printmakers she is highly talented at drawing one subject as seen from multiple angles.

price range information: prints range from $250 to $800.

In 1979 Kalvak’s art was used on a national Canadian postage stamp. Below an image of the stamp.


Member Canada Royal Academy of Arts.

Member of the Order of Canada.

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