Posts Tagged ‘Baker Lake’

Artist of the moment…..Victoria Mamnguqsualuk

Victoria Mamnguqsualuk is an Inuit artist born in the Gerry Lake area of Canada in the year 1930.  The artist is renown for her work which tells the life of the Inuit peoples. A prolific graphic artist Mamnguqsualuk works in coloured pencil and also works applique on fabric making some extraordinary blanket designs. In many of works she draws groups of people with each having a unique expression and perspective.

Her mother was the well known artist Jessie Oonark. An experienced graphic artist that also enjoyed working with multiple human figures in one image. Below an example of Oonark’s style.


Due to the harsh living conditions and disease in the smaller camps her family relocated to the Baker Lake, Nunavut Territory, Canada.

price range information: Most works priced between $500 to $4,000.

Victoria Mamnguqsualuk of the Baker Lake Art co-op alongside her mother, Jessie Oonark.

The artist enjoys portraying myths and experiences that shaman might bring.

Artist of the moment……Hannah Kigusiaq

Helen Kigusiuq is another master Inuit printmaker born in the Baker Lake, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1931.

What I enjoy most about her artist more so than any other Inuit artist’s graphic work, is her bird’s eye view that she uses in many of her works.  Kigusiuqenjoyed drawing examples of her lifestyle.

She had lived the traditional Inuit lifestyle of living as a nomad off of the land. However one tough winter much of her camp  contracted tuberculosis. This caused her family to quit the nomad lifestyle and settle down in the Baker Lake area.

The artist turned to drawing as a means of financial income as her husband had to take two years off due to his illness.

price range information: original graphite drawings from $500 to $1,500 color is colored pencil. Other prints ranging $250 to $500 are only in black and white. The black and white works are a majority of the artist’s output.



Artist of the moment……Martha Tickie

Martha Tickie also known as Martha Tickiq is a contemporary Inuit artist born in Baker Lake, Nunavet Territory, Canada in the year 1939. Tickie is renown for her work with the genre of the mother and child.

Price range information: Sorry no information available.

What I enjoy most about Tickie is that she talks about not being afraid to experiment, or make a mistake.

Tickie learned to carve from her grandfather.

Its important to note that the artist carves year round except for July. She heads to cabin she built on a river. Sounds like paradise to me!

In addition to her work with the mother and child genre, Tickie also enjoys working with the musk ox.


Artist of the moment……Francoise Oklaga

Francoise Oklaga was a great Inuit printmaker born in Coral Harbour, Nunavet Territory, Canada in the year 1924.

Oklaga passed away in Baker Lake, Nunavet Territory, Canada in 1991 at the age of 67 years old. Her brother was the famous artist Pudlo Pudlat whom I have covered previously.

From 1981 to 1990 the artist participated in seven annual Baker Lake print collections.

In addition to graphic arts she was also great at working with fabrics.

price range information; The artist worked with original drawings and prints ranging from $300 to $1,000.

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


Artist of the moment…..Yvonne Arnakyuinak

Yvonne Arnakyuinak was another Inuit artist renown for her work in stone of the mother and child genre. I enjoy her portrayal of the crawling young Inuk baby the most of the works in the gallery. The artist was great at capturing movement and emotion.

Yvonne Arnakyuinak was born in the Baker Lake, Nunavet Territory, Canada in 1920.

The artist passed away in 1998 at the age of 78 years old.

price range information:  Sculptures in stone range from $600 to $5,000.

The artist has a son named Robert Oolamik who is a renown sculptor living in the Baker Lake area.

Part of the National Gallery of Canada collection.

Sorry, no more information on this artist, but more Inuit art forthcoming!


Artist of the moment……Thomas Sivuraq

Thomas Sivuraq is yet another fantastic modern artist from the Baker Lake, Nunavet Territory area of Canada. Born in 1941. Sivuraq is among the best Inuit sculptors at showing movement in his figures.

Price range information:  Thomas Sivuraq works mainly with stone and works range $1,000 to $15,000.

In this clip we see a wonderful sculpture of  a mother and child. I immediately thought of the great Mary Cassatt her portrayals of the same genre.

Thomas Sivuraq is married to another artist, five years his senior, Nancy Kangeryuaq. Over her lifetime she has worked a great deal with printmaking. Below some examples of Kangeryuaq’s work.

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Artist of the moment…..Marion Tuu L’uuq

Marion Tuu L’uuq was a world renown Inuit artist and printmaker born in the Baker Lake, Nunavet Territory of Canada in the year 1910. She lived the traditional nomadic lifestyle then associated with the Inuits. For example, she had 16 children and only four were still living when she passed away. One bad winter, a bad disease, could easily wipe out a large percentage of the population. Back in these days the Inuits relied on fur trading for a living. Now a great many are professional artists. If you are knew to the blog make sure and check out the man who made it all happen, James Houston.

In this clip we visit the famed auction house of Canada Waddingtons to view  a work by Tuu L’uuq up for sale.

Another work for sale at the auction house.

price range information: Prints are found starting at $500 and originals reach as high as $25,000.

In addition to making prints, Tuu L’uuq also was known for working with fabric and blankets. Her main emphasis as an artist was colorist.

When the Baker Lake clan was making a push to turn to art for revenue, they needed some guidance. Two artists named Jack and Sheila Butler were helpful in getting Tuu L’uuq national and international recognition.

She was married twice and her second husband was another well known artist named Luke Anguhadluq. This artist was amazing as he came to the art world very late in his life. He began to paint and draw at age 73. Luke was also part of the Baker Lake art printmaking cooperative since it was started in the year 1969.

Luke also was a very skilled hunter and trapper.

A curator talks about artist Luke Anguhadluq  and another artist, Parr and their life history.

Luke Anguhadluq was born in 1895 and passed away in 1982 at the age of 87 years old.

price range information: Sorry, none available.

Below some works by the artist.


Artist of the moment…..Barnabus Arnasungaaq

Barnabus Arnasungaaq is another premiere Inuit sculptor born in the  Baker Lake, Nunavet Territory in Canada in the year 1924.

Price range information: His work is in high demand and his works are mainly in stone and range $1,000 to $17,000.

In this clip we visit a muskox carved by the artist. Its great to see the sculpture from 360 degrees around the figure.

An Inuit woman carved by the artist.

A mother and child tandem scupture by the artist. This clip starts off with some viewing problems but about 8 seconds in everything is fine!

And a father and child tandem by the artist.

The artist has been carving professionally for more than 40 years.  The 1950s brought change to the Inuit community as it was the end of their fur trade and hunting profits. The government decided to try and keep them together and move them to a location with permanent housing and also to give them better medical facilities. So the group was moved from Keewatin Bay in 1956 and 1957 to the Baker Lake, Nunavet Territory. The goverment struggled to find programs to bring some economic activity to this group of people that had made their living by hunting and trapping furs.

The government started their art and carving programs in the 1960s and the programs were a boon for Barnabus Arnasungaaq.

The artist enjoys using steatite for his carving medium. He also has used the traditional materials such as whalebone and caribou antlers.

Arnasungaaq uses some very common themes with the Inuit carvers, a shaman transforming into an animal such as a bird, bear, the muskox.

The artist is married to another carver/ artist named Fanny Arngnakik. Below is an example of her style. Fanny Arngnakik was born in 1929.


The couple had two sons that were artists named David and Norman. Below are some examples of work from David Arnasungaaq born in 1964.



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