Posts Tagged ‘nunavut territory canada’

Artist of the moment……Iyola Kingwatsiak

Iyola Kingwatsiak was a wonderful Inuit artist adept at drawing, printmaking, and carving. Iyola Kingwatsiak was born in the year 1933 in the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada. One of the first generation of Inuit artists brought on to the world art scene by James Houston. The artist was included in the first Cape Dorset Print collection. The subject he worked with most was birds.

Married an artist named Pootoogook Kingwatsiak.

The artist also had two other siblings that were professional artists named Tye Adla and Anna Kingwatsiak.

Had a brother named Mikagak also a professional artist.

Iyola Kingwatsiak passed away in 2000.

Iyola Kingwatsiak is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Below is a link to see these works:

price range information: Most prints can be found from $500 to $1,000. Carvings may reach as high as $4,000.


Artist of the moment….Leo Angotingoar

Leo Angotingoar is an Inuit artist from the Salliq or Coral Harbour, Nunavut Territory, Canada  born in the year 1953. He comes from a family of artisans as both parents and sister are working artists. Leo lives in Coral Bay whilst the rest of his family lives in the Repulse Bay area.

Has stayed true to Inuit roots by using whalebone. I did some research and these works are prohibited from leaving Canada. That is why the Inuit work so intrigues me, not only is a work of art, but it is an artifact. A time capsule of an animal that actually lived during our time period.

price range information: Sorry none available.

No more information on this artist.


Artist of the moment…..Takealook Temela

Takealook Temela is an Inuit artist from Kimmirut, Nunavut  Territory, Canada born in the year 1935. His favorite subject is wildlife.

Started to exhibit in galleries in 1969.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip see a work titled “The Swimming Polar Bear.”

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


Artist of the moment…..Jutai Toonoo

Jutai Toonoo is an Inuit artist renown for his portraits and double portraits of his people. Jutai Toonoo was born in the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1959. Another great reason to celebrate this artist is his blend of Inuit influence, perhaps from his parents, mixed with very modern design, perhaps something he learned whilst attending the Nunavut Arctic College where he learned the art of making jewelry.

His art is truly a mix of old and new as for his color works he uses oil pastels. Also interesting the first vase with flowers from Inuit artists. It was just interesting to see someone even attempt a vase with flowers!

price range information: Graphic works priced $1,000 to $2,000. Carvings price not available.

Of the artists profiled here I found him to be the only one that puts the title of his work in English and syllabic verse.

Doesn’t like to wear a mask when carving as he likes to know the dust he is breathing in is killing him. Loves to feel out of energy and drained when he creates his sculptures, likes to give 100%  effort into every piece.

His family is Wyeth like for how many artists are included in it. Both parents and two siblings are professional artists. The mom was named and his father Toonoo Toonoo.

Also a noted jewelry maker and graphic artist.

A quick visit to a gallery opening for Jutai Toonoo.

And here a brief interview with Jutai Toonoo. He is sitting in front of a piece of his done in the medium of a sugar lift etching.