Posts Tagged ‘quebec’

Artist of the moment……..Clement Lemieux


Clement Lemieux is an artist who is renown for his extraordinary and fantastic use of color. Clement Lemieux was born in Levis, Quebec, Canada in the year 1946. His sculpture work usually involves a figure expressing some kind of emotion.

For instance a work containing three members of a family might be interlocked with their hands in a circle showing a great sense unity and faith of one another. Lemieux then adds color to the work to add an additional feeling of emotion and movement.

In this clip we visit a show featuring the work of Clement Lemieux:

What I enjoy most about this artist is his use of color in his sculpture. Much of his work is done in wood and then painted with acrylics. Its very unusual to see an artist so great at creating forms in sculpture, that has such a fantastic use of colour.

His use of urethane paint, the same used in most automotive paint, greatly obscures the fact that his carvings are made carved out of wood.


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Artist of the moment…..Tivi Ilisituk

Tivi Ilisituk  was an Inuit artist from the Salluit, Quebec, Canada region. Tivi Ilisituk was born in the year 1933.

The artist began to carve when he was twenty one. For him it was something to do in between hunting and fishing excursions. Many works show a man hunting or fishing. Not only does he carve a seal hunter, but he adds the ice and the seal  below!

Love the figure that is camping in a tent made from skins! Art is life, life is art!

Tivi Ilisituk passed away in 2012.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

His wife was also an artist.

Another great artistic family!


Artist of the moment…..Jobie Uqaituk

Jobie Uqaituk, also known as Jobie Ohaituk,  is a contemporary Inuit artist born in the year 1946 in Kutaaq, Quebec, Canada. Kutaaq is just north of Inukjuak, Quebec, Canada. Jobie Uqaituk is renown for his  sculptures of birds, hunters, and shaman. Many shaman works are half human and half animal.

His early works were in much the same style of his peers, figurative works in a modernist style. Because many artists in his region of Canada worked with primitive tools at the beginning of his career,  as a result  many works seem raw or unfinished.

Uqaituk pushed himself to another level higher than his peers with the ability to work with many modern tools. The modern tools allowed the artist to put more details and a greater finish in his work. As a result of this, his artwork is  heavily sought after by collectors.

Ohaituk takes tremendous pride in bringing his stones to life.

Price range information: Most sculpture works range between $1,000 and $4,000. In the 1970s Uqaituk was an avid printmaker but no price range is available for these works.

What I enjoy most about this artist is his creativity. His shaman transformation works are a great example of realism and imagination . Jobie Uqaituk talks about trying to show the “Inuitness” of things. For some reason I thought back to Albert Durer and the best painting I have ever seen by a rabbit in person. Durer when asked about this work often times talked about capturing the “rabbitness” of the subject. I found the two artists very similar in their approach to creating representational art. Not only are you trying to capture what a rabbit looks like, but also what it feels like. Uqaituk captures the “Inuitness” of hunters and shaman with excellence.

Uqaituk tries to keep the old way of doing things and the Inuit lifestyle of the past alive through his carvings.

The artist made his first stone carving when he was ten years old. It was of a bird. I enjoy artists who keep it simple and Uqaituk is a great example of an artist in complete harmony with his surroundings, the artist loves to carve and hunt.

Uqaituk made prints in the early 1970s.

Bombardier, a Canadian based aerospace company, presented a work of Uqaituk to former United States President George W. Bush.

What an outstanding artist!


Artist of the moment….Joanasie Naluiyuk

Joanasie Naluiyuk was born in Salluit, Quebec, Canada in 1917. A favorite subject for the artist was animals.

The artist passed away in 2000.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Joanasie Naluiyuk is part of the collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

In this clip we view a work that deals with the hunting of seals:

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


Artist of the moment……Minnie Palliser

Minnie Palliser was a fantastic Inuit artist born in the year 1928 in Inukjuak, Quebec, Canada. She is married to a man named George whose family was very important to the European settlers seeking trade as George’s father was the only one of his people to be good at speaking English. George’s father was also excellent at gathering food in the harsh winter season. The Inuit peoples of that time didn’t live in permanent camps or settlements and were nomadic.

Palliser was renowned for her carvings of mothers, fathers, and children.

The artist has also worked with basketry, but it took up a lot of time and didn’t make her very much income, so she gave up this form of art.

Minnie Palliser was also an expert at the Inuit style of throat singing. She traveled across the globe and even performed her singing in Europe.

Minnie Palliser passed away in 2003.

Price range information:  Sorry none available.

I noticed the same style of varying texture is found in the shona artists I have profiled. Minnie Palliser made this look by using a nail to prick the surface.


Artist of the moment……Daniel Annanack

Daniel Annanack is contemporary Inuit artist born in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec, Canada in the year 1967. Daniel Annanack is renown for his carvings using caribou antlers. The artist began producing these carvings in the 1970s.

price range information: Most works priced from $200 to $1,000.

Daniel Annanack loves to ride the open roads with his sled dogs. The artist has been keeping sled dogs since the age of twelve.

The artist also enjoys showing his native land to the travelers and is very active in the local tourism industry, sometimes giving guided tours.

Sorry no more information on this artist.

I enjoy looking at carvings from antlers and wonder how delicate the medium is, especially when compared to soapstone common to most artists of the reason.


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…..Sammy Nassak

Sammy Nassak was an Inuit sculptor who enjoyed working with animals. Nassak was born in the Kangirsuk, Quebec, Canada region in the year 1905. He enjoyed working with animals not usually seen from the Inuit artists like an otter.

price range information: Sorry none available.

Nassack passed away in 1988 at the age of 83 years old.

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



Artist of the moment….Henry Napartuk

Henry Napartuk was an Inuit artist born in 1932. Spent most of his life in Kuujjuaraapik, Quebec, Canada. Was a carver for the most part but experimented with printmaking beginning in the 1970s. His brother in law and wife had taken a 7 week course in the subject and taught him the art of printmaking.

The artist came upon the International Art scene after a work was chosen for a tour showcasing artists of the Arctic Region.

Received great critical acclaim for his prints made for the 1973 Arctic Quebec Print Catalog.

Also dabbled in making jewelry.

Henry Napartuk passed away in 1985 at the age of 53 years old.

His father Jose Napartuk was also an artist and his father taught him how to sculpt.

price range information: Most works priced below $1,000.

Artist of the moment…….Samson Kingalik….

Samson Kingalik was a great Inuit sculptor born in Quebec, Canada in 1937.

Also went by the name of Kingalik, Kingalik.

Has a very nice seal in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

Samson Kingalik passed away in 2011.

Price range information:  Working in steatite for the most part works range $750 to $4000.

A link to the McCord Museum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada which has 3 great works by Samson Kingalik. Please take the time to check out a wonderful female portrait carved in soapstone by the artist. As far as a western style sculpture with concern about proper placement of eyes, nose, and mouth Kingalik is the most skilled carver Inuit carver I have covered so far. Kingalik also reminds me of the painter Mary Cassatt for his ability to make the two characters interact together in his works.

Sorry, I enjoy writing longer posts but no more information available!