Posts Tagged ‘graphic artist’

Artist of the moment….Lukta Qiatsuk and family

Lukta Qiatsuk was a contemporary Inuit artist born in the year 1928 in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada. Qiatsuk was an excellent carver and printmaker. A favorite subject of Lukta was birds and also the mother and child. He and his father Kiakshuk were both included in the monumental Inuit traveling exhibition Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic.

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In this clip we view a mother and child work of Lukta Qiatsuk:

The artist had some children that went on to become professional artists. Pootoogook Qiatsuk was born in 1959 and is now based out of Cape Dorset. Pootoogook also enjoys working with birds, as did his father. Below a great example of Pootoogook Qiatsuk:

Another child of the Lukta Qiatsuk is Padlaya Qiatsuk born in the year 1965 in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada. Below are some examples of Padlaya’s work.

His father was the master artist Kiakshuk. Below a fine example of his father’s work. His father was an excellent story teller and graphic artist.


What we have here is another family that has excelled at art for multiple generations! Lukta also had a sister named Paunichea who went on to become a renown graphic artist.


Lukta Qiatsuk passed away in 2004.

Price range information: Many works priced between $3,000 and $15,000.

Another dynamic family of artists!


Artist of the moment……Northwest Coast Artist Tim Paul

Tim Paul is a Northwest Coast artist from the Hesquiaht clan of the Nuu-chah-nulth nation born in the year 1950 in Esperanza Inlet on Vancouver Island. Tim Paul is a versatile artist making wonderful masks in addition to prints. The artist enjoys working with acrylic paints.

Is included in the collection of the Royal British Columbia Museum.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $20,000.

Paul learned to carve in 1975 at the Arts of the Raven Gallery.

Worked under famed artist Richard Hunt, profiled here already, at the Thunderbird Park located in Vancouver.

Worked as the chief carver at the Royal British Columbia Museum.

After leaving this position he went to help with the building of a school to improve on education of the local people.

In this clip we view a brief documentary on Tim Paul:


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…….Northwest Coast Artist Chazz Mack

Chazz Mack is one of the youngest Northwest Coast artists born in Vancouver, British Columbia in the year 1990. His name in his language means likes to learn things. Was inspired to draw by his father. The artist is very diverse in his output making jewelry, prints, and carvings.

Began taking lessons from a professional artist at the age of 13 years of age. The professional was an artist named Alvin Mack, no relation. Alvin Mack also graduated from the Northwest Coast Art graduating at the top of his class. Alvin mack produced wonderful jewelry in addition to very large totem poles he first carved as a teenager.

Is currently attending college at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art located in Terrace, British Columbia.

price range information: Many works priced between $2,000 and $10,000.

Part of the Heiltsuk Nation.


Artist of the moment………Nicotye Samayualie

Nicotye Samaualie is a modern Inuit artist born in 1983 in the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada .

A third generation of the Inuit artists she learned to draw from her grandmother who was included in the Cape  Dorset Print collection for parts of two decades.

I enjoy the work of this artist as she is a great storyteller.

Works mainly with ink and coloured pencil.

price range information: Works range from $300 to $1,000.

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


Artist of the moment…..Haida artist Bill Reid

Bill Reid is among the most famous Haida artists of all time. Bill Reid was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in the year 1920.  His father was American and his mother a member of the Haida tribe. He learned to make jewelry from his grandfather, who had himself studied under a renown jewelry artist.

A brief biography about Bill Reid:

Bill Reid also attended the Ryerson Institute of Technology, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada  where he also learned how to make jewelry. He began his art career making jewelry and then progressed to large works in traditional Haida materials including red and yellow cedar.

Bill Reid passed away in 1998 at the age of 78 years old from problems due to Parkinson’s disease.

Reid gifted a large donation to Simon Fraser College upon his death. In this clip we view some of the collection:

Has had his artwork featured on the $20 Canadian bill.

The artist has works in many prominent locations around the world including the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. and the Canadian National Museum in Ottawa, Canada.

Another brief interview with Bill Reid;

Bill Reid was also an activist of keeping people out of the rainforest.


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:

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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.



Artist of the moment…..Pauloosie Sivuak

Pauloosie Sivual was both an accomplished painter and carver born in Puvirnituq, Quebec, Canada in the year 1930. The artist was a director of the Povungnituk Co-Operative in the 1960s. He was inspired to carve by watching his brother. Carved his first work in the late 1940s.

price range information: Works range from $500 to $2,000.

Some of his themes included birds and other wildlife. He also liked to portray Inuit life and the mother and child motif.

The artist was a well respected man of the community and as a result was not as prolific as other Inuit artists, though he did make a fair amount of both sculpture and graphic work.

Over an eighteen year period he created only print edition works. During the last years 4 years of his life he made more than forty prints. Better late than never I guess!

The artist passed away in 1986 at the age of 56 years old.

Artist of the moment….Northwest Coast artist John Livingston

John Livingston is a Northwest Coast artist who wasn’t born into a tribe, but rather adopted by one. Livingston was born in 1951.

Based out of Vancouver, British Columbia.

In this work he talks about his work with human face and the sun. I love hearing about artists talk about their work:

The artist learned to carve by watching masters Tony and Henry Hunt. The father and son and taken over for Mungo Martin as the lead carvers at the Thunderbird Park carving program.

Livingston works in a very large format and has received many commissions. On some works he has done collaborations with other notable artists including Robert Davidson.

Has worked on nearly 30 very large traditional totem poles, hand carved since he began his career in the 1960s. These very large works are usually made to celebrate a particular time or celebration.

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In the tradition of art in their close knit community, only certain clans could work with certain imagery. Northwest Coast art was only to be made by its native peoples. Livingston though not a tribe member, was adopted by the Kwakaka’ wakw tribe and is allowed to practice their design and motif works.



Artist of the moment…..Don Yeomans Northwest Coast Artist

Don Yeomans is a Canadian/ Northwest Cast born in the Rupert Island,British Columbia, Canada in the year 1958. Yeomans is diversified in his output, carving, making jewelry, and printimaking. For his artistic education Yeomans was able to learn a great deal from his artist aunt Freda Diesing. Yeomans also attended the Vancouver Community Arts Program and Langara College. Works in many mediums including wood, metal, and some designs sewn onto fabric by his wife.

price range information: The artist is very prolific so at the low end you can find jewelry or silkscreen prints for less than one thousand dollars up to paintings and larger carvings in the $20,000 range.

Yeomans is in the collection of the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology and the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Worked with renown carver Robert Davidson in helping carve 4 totem poles for a memorial.

In this clip a brief interview with the artist. Yeomans starts off by telling us he has been carving for more than 40 years. The totem pole was made for the McMichael Art Collection of Canada in Kleinberg, Canada just north of Toronto.


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