Archive for January 30, 2014

Artist of the moment……Miriam Qiyuk

Miriam Maralik Qiyuk was born in the year 1933. She was born and raised  in the traditional Inuit camp lifestyle of the era. In her twenties she decided to relocate to Baker Lake. Miriam Qiyuk has worked in various mediums including wall hangings, appliques, printmaking, and painting.

Her husband is also an artist named Silas Qiyuk. He was also born in 1933. This is probably my favorite work showing a grouping of seals. Seals are usually shown solo, or with a mother and some pups. This work by Silas Qiyuk  is great for how many seals are shown in total:


Qiyuk is one of the most versatile Inuit artists, we can call her Mrs. Picasso! Qiyuk is a printmaker, maker of wall hangings, and sculptor. She is an amazing storyteller and enjoys working in very large formats.

Her father was the famous Inuit artist named Jessie Oonark.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $10,000.

What a great family of multigenerational artists!


Artist of the moment…..Anthony Prieto

Anthony Prieto was a wonderful ceramist born in Yaldepenas, Spain in the year 1912. Prieto is known for his unique style of pottery. When I first saw the shapes, it reminded of Picasso’s ceramic works and also  of the modernist collage master Rex Ray.

The artist and his family came to the United States in 1916.

For his artistic education Prieto attended Alfred University located in the western region of the New York State.

Prieto went on to teach at the California College of Arts and Crafts, which is now the California College of the Arts. He also taught at Mills College located in Oakland, California.

Anthony Prieto passed away in 1967.

Price range information: Sorry none available.



Artist of the moment……Karin Davie

Karin Davie is an abstract painter born in Toronto, Canada in the year 1965. Much of her body of work deals with one basic idea of capturing movement and gesture on the canvas. The artist is also a printmaker.

For her collegiate education Davie attended Queens University located in Ontario, Canada. After earning a BFA Davie went on to graduate school at the Rhode Island School of Design. After college she moved to New York City.

Davie has been a guest lecturer at the Tyler School of Art located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $100,000.

The artist splits her time in New York City and Seattle, Washington.

I love the blend of Op-Art and Abstract art in her work.