Posts Tagged ‘Arviat’

Artist of the moment…….Andy Mamgark

Andy Mamgark was an Inuit carver based out of Arviat, Nunavut Territory. Andy Mamgark was born in the year 1930. Mamgark enjoyed portraying the arctic wildlife. Mamgark also enjoyed the mother and child theme as well.

The artist was great at capturing an animals expression in his work.

Mamgark was included in the first major international show for Inuit artists in the early 1970s.

Andy Mamgark passed away in 1997, the result of a horrendous art studio accident. A grinder’s blade became dislodged from its machine and hit in the neck killing him.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What a horrible way to die, at least he was in his studio.


Artist of the moment…..Lucy Tutsweetok

Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok was born in Nunalla, Manitoba, Canada in the year 1934. She grew up in this area but after marriage moved to the Nunavut Territory’s Rankin Island and then to Arviat.

Tutsweetok was included in the first national show featuring Inuit art which traveled  the globe in the early 1970s.

Her style was a mixture of abstraction, minimalism, and realism. Many works consist of a rounded or triangular stone, with many heads and faces carved into it. A totem pole but with a different shape.

price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $40,000.  On the expensive end are some works depicting Inuit villages complete with igloos.

In this clip we see a signature work by Tutsweetok. A group of people carved into a rounded triangular shaped stone:

Lucy Tutsweetok passed away in 2012 at the age of 77 years old.


Artist of the moment……..Luke Anowtalik

Luke Anowtalik was an Inuit sculptor born in the Ennaidai Lake, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1932. Some of his themes were mother and child, the hunter, and the fisherman. The artist enjoys working with groups of multiple figures. These are amazing works of art as not every figure is carving entirely, leaving much to the viewers imagination.

Anowtalik carves mainly in stone his second used medium would be antlers.

Price range information: The artist was very prolific and works can be found between $500 and $11,000.

Luke was married to Mary Anowtalik who is an artist. Below an example of her work.


Luke Anowtalik passed away in 2006 at the age of 74 years old.

No more information on this artist, but more Inuit art coming soon!


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