Posts Tagged ‘Holman’

Artist of the moment……Mary Okheena

Mary Okheena is a wonderful Inuit artist born in the year 1955 in Holman, Northwest Territories, Canada. Her mother Nora worked as a crafts artist. Okheena began working in the Holman Print Collective whilst still a teenager. As a beginning printmaker she specialized in translating other artist’s original work, into a great print.

Two sisters named Roberta and Beverly Memogana are professional artists. Below a great print by Roberta Memogana:


The father of Mary Okheena¬† was a renown printmaker and sculptor named Jimmy Memorana. Below are examples of her father’s print and carving style. He enjoyed carving and drawing hunting scenes. Her father also became known for translating Helen Kalvak’s art to prints, in addition to Memorana producing his own artwork.

Okheena is renown for her graphic design and printmaking skills. She enjoys working with the figure and often draws images that deal with the traditional Inuit lifestyle.

In this clip a great documentary on Inuit life and Mary Okheena. I must admit I have seen pictures of the Northwest and Nunavut Territories, but this documentary is great as it shows scenes of every day life if taken with a home video camera:

Another very artistic family that has produced multiple generations of artists! From a design standpoint the works of her I enjoy the most are those that have a body, but the face is reduced to a simple shape, with no eyes, nose, or mouth. These works all have a great sense of movement and use of color.

Price range information: Works range from $300 to $1,500.


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.