2016 Invited Artists

Mary Qingnatuq

Community: Gjoa Haven
Medium: Wall Hangings

Mary began sewing at the age of thirteen after learning from her mother Katie Kamimmalik. Mary is a master seamstress who has sewn traditional Inuit clothing for many generations of children in her large family. Mary uses materials hunted from the land, such as caribou skins and sealskins to make items such as mittens and kamiiks that are both warm and beautiful. Mary enjoys going out on the land to hunt animals, which she uses to feed and clothe her children, grand-children and great-grandchildren. With a steady supply of hunted seal and caribou, Mary is able to provide healthy food and warm clothing for her family.

Igah Hainnu

Community: Clyde River
Medium: Bead Work, Wall Hangings, Fashion, Jewellery, Carving

Igah Hainnu was born on February 21, 1962 and is a resident of Clyde River. Igah’s father was a carver and at the age of thirteen she started carving. Since she was young Igah has been carving and creating tapestries, bead work, traditional clothing, and jewellery. Igah learned her artistic skills by watching her grandmother, mother and father. Igah’s art has been exhibited at the Ottawa School of Art and The Museum of Aviation and has been featured in Inuit Art Quarterly magazine and at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC..

Lavinia Van Heuvelen

Community: Iqaluit
Medium: Jewellery and Metal Work

Lavinia was born November 25, 1992 and raised in Bowmansville, Ontario.  After completing high school Lavinia moved to Iqaluit where she completed the Jewellery and Metalwork program at Nunavut Arctic College. As a student, Lavinia received numerous awards including the BMO First Art Award in 2012, the Skills Canada Competition in 2012, Honorable Mention at the 9th Annual National Jewellery Student Competition and was awarded the Most Promising Emerging Artist Award and the Artist’s Choice Award in the jewellery category at the 2013 Great Northern Arts Festival. Since graduating Lavinia has worked out of a studio in Iqaluit that she shares with other well-known Jewelers. Lavinia’s passion for art stems from her mother Illisapi who is also an artist.

Helen Kaloon

Community: Gjoa Haven
Medium: Wall Hangings, Sewing 

Helen was born in Kugluktuk in 1959, but she has made Gjoa Haven her home since 1977. Like all girls living in the traditional Inuit ways, Helen started sewing when she was very young, at only 8 years old. Helen states that she is driven to produce wall hangings, mittens and dolls, and when ideas come to her she must sit down and complete the work. Helen uses her sewing skills to create new style traditional clothing for her family and beautiful tapestries and wall hangings. In 2002, Helen’s clothing was part of a fashion show in her home town of Kugluktuk, and in July 2003 Helen was an invited artist at the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, NWT. Helen has served on the board of directors of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association and Inuit Art Foundation.

Alina Tungilik

Community: Kugaaruk
Medium: Carving, Jewellery 

Alina Tungilik lives in Kuugaaruk and started carving at the age of twelve. She was taught by her mother. The influence of her aunt, master artist Emily Pangnerk Illuitok is very evident in her carving style. Her works are in the classic Kuugaaruk style working in mixed materials incorporating inlays of ivory, whalebone and caribou antler. She has been carving for many years in varied subject matters from day to day life in the community to the traditional ways of living on the land.

Susan Nuluk

Community: Naujaat
Medium: Sewing, Doll Making 

Susan has been making dolls and traditional clothing for many years. Her beautiful dolls are highly sought after; she is regarded for her excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail. Susan has taken Introductory Carving and the Jewelry & Metalwork Program at Nunavut Arctic College. She teaches others in her community traditional tanning and sewing techniques in seal skin, passed down from generation to generation and has received awards for teaching. Her work is included in the Kivalliq Doll Collection and has been exhibited at the Burnaby Art Gallery.

Helen Iguptak

Community: Rankin Inlet
Medium: Wall Hangings, Traditional Crafts, Sewing, Doll Making

Helen was only seven when she was first taught to sew by her mother. She is well known for her beautifully crafted dolls and remarkable beadwork; she also works in painting, pottery and music as a gifted accordion player. She has taken courses at the Matchbox Gallery in Rankin Inlet and was selected as Rankin Inlet’s Artist of the Year in 2012. Helen is continuously gaining recognition for her work. She describes her desire to create art as going hand-in-hand with a desire to keep Inuit culture alive.

Danny Aaluk

Community: Gjoa Haven
Medium: Drawing

Born in Gjoa Haven, Danny Aaluk has been drawing since he was a child. Even at an early age, he recalls the need to draw. Over the last decade, Danny has been gaining recognition for his detailed and imaginative scenes, illustrated in black ink. He has come to be known for his distinct style of circular illustrations, and signature “drum” drawings, where he uses the skin of a traditional Inuit drum as a canvas.

Wayne Puqiqnak

Community: Gjoa Haven
Medium: Carving

Wayne comes from a family of artists – his grandfather, Nelson Takkiruq, is a well-known carver and his grandmother Mary makes wall hangings and sculptures. His parents, Uriash and Lorraine Puqiqnak, are also both carvers. Wayne’s style is strongly influenced by the works of his grandfather and father, he carves hunters and dancers with exaggerated movement and expressive faces with wide staring eyes. The Kitikmeot region is renowned for its “grotesque” style and Wayne is the third generation in his family to carve in this iconic style.

Koonook Oleekatalik

Community: Taloyoak
Medium: Sewing

Koonook learned to sew as a young girl by watching other women in her community mend and create garments. She makes parkas, snow pants and amautis, for family and friends. She has attended seamstress courses to expand her sewing skills and is considered a talented artist and respected community leader.

Simon Oleekatalik

Community: Taloyoak
Medium: Carving

Simon Oleekatalik was born in 1942 near Gjoa Haven and now lives in Taloyoak with his wife. He is a self-taught carver who began carving in 1969. He likes to carve human figures with expressive faces and bodies, usually engaged in an activity such as hunting or dancing. He often hollows out the chest area and suspends a heart or bones carved in stone within the open space. Simon includes implements made from caribou antler, musk ox horn and sinew. Simon is a recognized Elder who participated in the World Wildlife Fund’s “Witness to Climate Change” project.

Roy Klengenberg

Community: Kugluktuk
Medium: Carving

Roy was born in 1965 in Kugluktuk, Nunavut.  He began carving as a boy and is known for his exceptional carving skills, especially for the intricate details in his miniature carvings.  Roy normally carves with a hard white stone that is found in the islands of the Coronation Gulf.  The white stone is very difficult to acquire because of the significant geographical distances in this region.  Roy’s specialty is dioramas of traditional Inuit camp-life.

Sandra Rideout

Community: Goose Bay
Medium: Sewing

Sandra is a seamstress and textile artist from Goose Bay, Nunatsiavut. She is primarily self-taught, having acquired many skills and techniques over time from friends and family members. As a small child, she began watching her mother and grandmother work; they would give her scraps to practice with, and answer questions or offer tips. Because sewing was their livelihood, Sandra learned through observation and her own trial and error. Once she began making larger items like mitts and slippers, her mother started offering more direct feedback and technical suggestions. Sandra makes sealskin ties, boots, mitts, and other wearable items.  Most recently, she has learned to sew coats.

Niore Iqalukjuak

Community: Clyde River
Medium: Photography

Niore was born in Frobisher Bay and has lived in Arctic Bay, and now resides in Clyde River. He started taking photos around 1980. At first a hobby, Niore photographed landscapes, people, and nature; he is now well-regarded for his stunning photographs of Arctic life. He has won awards for his photography from Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., and his photographs have been featured in Vice Magazine, Ottawa Magazine and The Ottawa Citizen. Niore was formerly the mayor of Arctic Bay, and is a strong advocate for Inuit.

Naomi Hikoalok

Community: Cambridge Bay
Medium: Sewing

Naomi learned how to sew from her grandmother. In 2010 she began working full-time on her art. Her body of work includes beautiful wall-hangings, mittens and kamiks. Her grandmother is the inspiration for all of Naomi’s work. She longs to pass the knowledge of traditional sewing on to future generations, just as her grandmother passed it on to her.

Elisapee Itulu

Community: Kimmirut
Medium: Jewellery/ Metal Work, Sewing

Elisapee first developed an interest in making jewelry because she felt drawn to using different materials from paper to metal to bring her ideas to life.  She works primarily with silver and brass, and enjoys creating brooches, earrings and pendants, as well as more unusual items like bowls and letter-openers.  Recently, Elisapee has also been concentrating on her sewing, but is hoping to go back to school in the Arctic College’s Goldsmith Program.

Eena Angmarlik

Community: Pangnirtung
Medium: Print Making

Eena was born outside of Pangnirtung in a camp called Nunataa. She has been drawing from an early age and was able to take her drawing skills to a new level when she took a printmaking course at the Uqqurmiut Center for Arts & Crafts in Pangnirtung in 2010. Eena has worked in a number of media including: stencil, linocut, watercolour, drypoint and etching. Shells and natural landscapes are some of her favoured subjects as she finds inspiration in Pangnirtung’s breath-taking natural beauty.

Charmaine Okatsiak 

Community: Rankin Inlet
Medium: Wall Hangings and Ulu Backpacks

Charmaine began art making when she was a child, participating in projects and programs involving art and growing up around her family of artists. She started creating her wall hangings and ulu backpacks around 6 years ago. Charmaine grew up sewing, learning from her mother and eventually furthering her education in a 5 month sewing course. Her father inspired her through his patience in making traditional Inuit drums and drum beaters. She ran projects, teaching young women how to sew and bead traditional Inuit head dresses which she learned from her parents and while she studied at Nunavut Sivuniksavut. Charmaine found her inspiration in the people and stories that surrounded her growing up but mainly found her inspiration for sewing from her mother. 

Mosha Arnatsiaq

Community: Igloolik
Medium: Jewellery and Carving

Mosha started making art over twelve years ago, learning from his father Maurice. Since completing the Jewellery and Metalwork program at the Nunavut Arctic College in 2003, Mosha has been focusing on creating unique jewellery pieces. Currently enrolled in the Goldsmith program, Mosha is always learning new skills to allow him to create increasingly fascinating and intricate pieces. Extremely kind and helpful, Mosha likes to encourage his peers to excel in their craft in the same way he has. His drive and determination show in the high-quality and innovative pieces he creates.

Inuujaq Leslie Dean

Community: Rankin Inlet
Medium: Photography, Sewing, Beading, and Fashion

Inuujaq is, her own words, a new artist; having been sewing since the age of 13, but trying her hand at different art forms since. As someone who learns from trial and error, Inuujaq has become somewhat of a multidisciplinary artist who seeks to learn new art-making skills at every opportunity. Currently focusing primarily on her photography, Inuujaq is eager to expand artistically into ceramics and jewellery making. Her enthusiasm towards art and need to create are sure to make her an up-and-coming Nunavut artist.

Ann Wingnek

Community: Cambridge Bay
Medium: Sewing

Ann learned to sew when she was a young woman and has been making beautiful work ever since. She learned many different techniques from many different people and incorporates various styles to create unique works of functional art. She is inspired by the pure enjoyment she gets from exercising her creativity.

Noah Kudluk

Community: Cambridge Bay
Medium: Carving

Noah has been carving, creating and selling his own artwork since the early nineteen seventies. In 1999 he won the Emerging Artist Award in at the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik. He has also received ample publicity across Canada throughout his career as an artist. Noah is proud that he has created his own livelihood, and among other forms of motivation, is especially inspired by his elders.

Roy Goose Jr.

Community: Cambridge Bay
Medium: Carving, Traditional Tools

Roy is a self-taught artist who began making art in the ‘90s. He was inspired by necessity; he needed properly functioning hunting tools so he started making his own. Roy has created many different traditional tools including fishing spears, kayaks, drums and ulus (Inuit women’s knife) just to name a few.

Geronimo Inutiq

Community: Montreal
Medium: Sound, Music, Video, Multimedia

Geronimo Inutiq (AKA Madeskimo) is an accomplished artist in electronic music composition, recording, performance, DJing and multi-media and video installations. His work has been featured and performed at the Musées de la civilisation Quebec City; Beat Nation – Hip Hop as Indigenous Culture; Transmediale and Club Transmediale in Berlin; in Material Experiments curated by Danielle Printup as part of ImagineNative 2015; The NFB film Timuti; and the Arctic Noise Project a solo multi-media exhibition shown in Vancouver, Toronto and Saskatoon. His work reflects on popular and underground electronic music, weaving multiple cultural threads and allowing organic imagery as well as exploring more synthetic sources. He is increasingly interested in digital video and images and working with archival film in the context of museum and art gallery exhibits.

Bobby Itta

Community: Anchorage
Medium: Sewing, Fashion, Traditional arts

Bobby Itta is from Barrow, Alaska and is the mother of four beautiful children and wife of Price Itta. She currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska but still regularly participates in helping both her father and her father-in-laws whaling crews, Ikayuaq crew and Saggan crew in Barrow. Bobby has always admired the cultural skills and knowledge of her Iñupiat people. One day her mother brought home a muskrat fur parka for her daughter and she fell in love with it. She became inspired to design and sew traditional clothing for her children. Even though her focus remains on traditional clothing and accessories, she incorporates modern fashion and style into her practical designs. Over the years of learning, she started her own business and has received funding from grants to bring her business even farther. Bobby is the winner of the 2011 Rasmuson Fellowship Award and the 2015 Rasmuson Project Award. .

Dora Fannie Aluniq Paniŋaluk Siliun Kippi Brower

Community: Anchorage
Medium: Sewing, Fashion, Traditional arts

Dora Fannie Aluniq Paniŋaluk Siliun Kippi Brower was named after both her maternal and paternal grandmothers.  She is the wife of Vernon Pauyuuraq Brower and is the mother of three children ranging in ages from 21 to 12. Born and raised in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, Aluniq works in the Iñupiaq Education Department of the North Slope Borough School District where she oversees culturally relevant instructional materials distribution to eleven schools. As a young girl, Aluniq watched and learned to sew from her relatives including her mother who was a very talented seamstress.  Aluniq’s works of art imbued with modern twists include barrettes, flowers, wedding bouquets, vases, earrings, trim delicately crafted with traditional media including seal skin, dried or bleached sealskin, dried seal intestines, caribou sinew, baleen, ivory and different furs.  Aluniq has a ton of ideas that she is eager to follow- up on and is avid about learning new techniques. Her next challenge is to learn to design and manufacture traditional foot and fashion ware. 

Instructors

Elizabeth Gordon

Medium: Mixed media

Elizabeth was born and raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She is a mixed media artist, originally having been taught sewing and beadwork by her family. Elizabeth makes works on gourds and produces dolls, sculpting detailed and expressive faces of Inuit elders in clay. She has been a member of the Canadian Gourd Society for four years and has won numerous ribbons every year in the annual Gourdfest competitions in Toronto and Buckhorn, as well as winning best of show in 2009. Elizabeth has been an invited artist at the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik and the Nunavut Arts Festival. She recently had an exhibition of her work at Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in Iqaluit.

Elizabeth Kolb

Medium: Weaving

Elizabeth is an accomplished textile artist and teacher. Living in a remote cabin in the Yukon, Elizabeth develops her weaving techniques through intensive study. The style of weaving bands or trim that Elizabeth does originates from Scandinavia. Though self-taught, she credits her ancestors with the design of tools and techniques she uses, and the northern climate for making band weaving necessary. Elizabeth also teaches qiviut (muskox down) spinning.

 

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