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Artist of the moment……Peter Aliknak

Peter Aliknak was an Inuit artist born in the year 1928 in Holman, Nunavut Territory, Canada. Aliknak was one of best Inuits artists at portraying the daily activities including hunting. For a print artist Aliknak does a great job at creating depth in his work by using bird’s eye point of view and repeating the same shapes seen from different angles. A print might include¬† 6 different views of 6 varieties of birds.

The artist was first a sculptor, then became renown more for his graphic design and printmaking talents.

Peter Aliknak passed away in 1998.

Price range information: Most prints range from $300 to $1,000.

Aliknak had a sister named Agnes Nanogak. Nanogak is also based out of Holman and is renowned for her printmaking work. Below an example of art by Agnes Nanogak:


What a great brother and sister family of artists!


Artist of the moment……Agnes Nanogak Goose

Agnes Nanogak was an Inuit graphic artist born in Holman, Northwest Territories, Canada in the year 1925. Her father was from Nome, Alaska and was a guide to explorers who came to the area for the first time. Her mother was of Inuit background. Her dad encouraged her to draw and paint from a very young age.

She also illustrated two books that told stories and myths about the Inuits. The book was titled Tales from the Igloo.

Made more than 140 prints for the annual catalog over her lifetime.

In the clip below the artist talks I in her native language so I don’t know what she is saying. But you can see work on a piece and it feels like you get to meet her with the homemade quality of the clip:

price range information; Sorry none available.

Agnes Nanogak passed away in 2001 at the age of 75 years of age.

Held in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

She enjoys telling a story with her work. I find her work very narrative and whimsical. The illustrative works made me think of the painter James Christensen.