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The Following Artists will be participating in the 2013 Nunavut Arts Festival.

ARTIST

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

 

Greg Morgan

 

 

Community: Hall Beach
Medium: Carving

Currently working as an artist on a part-time basis, Greg takes pleasure in creating works of art and share images of his finished pieces with fellow artists and art-lovers.  Greg is an emerging artist who is not afraid to experiment with traditional carving materials to create unique and innovative pieces.

 

David Nibgoarsi

 

 

Community: Arviat
Medium: Carving

David Nibgoarsi is known for his intricately carved antler work, which often takes the shape of drum dancers and shaman figures.  His work has been featured in exhibitions and continues to garnish the attention of collectors around the world today.

Abraham Eetak


Community:
Arviat
Medium: Metalwork, Jewellery, Carving, Drawing

Abraham started drawing in grade 3 and continued ever since, while picking up a number of other disciplines along the way, successfully taking on jewellery-making and carving (not to mention that he is also a highly talented musician).  A multi-disciplinary artist with a heart of gold, Abraham is a dedicated individual who is determined to make a living from his art.

 

Wayne Puqiqnak


Community:
Gjoa Haven
Medium: Carving

 

Wayne’s style is strongly influenced by the works of his grandfather and father, whereby he typically carves hunters and dancers with exaggerated movement and expressive faces with gaping mouths, humorous teeth and wide staring eyes. The Kitikmeot region is renowned for its “grotesque” style and Wayne is the third generation in his family to uphold this iconic style, which has come to gain worldwide recognition.

 

Elisapee Itulu


Community:
Kimmirut
Medium: Metalwork, Jewellery, 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.

 

Ike Angutautok


Community: Hall Beach
Medium: Carving

Ike started carving when he was only eleven years old.  At that age, Ike was creating small carvings to sell to teachers so that he could have money to go to the movies.  Today, he has become a full-time artist whose works have been featured in galleries in major cities such as Vancouver and Montreal.  Ike is known for his exceptional drum dancing figures and walruses.  He feels that depicting traditional elements of Inuit culture through carving is a way to preserve Inuit culture.

Mosha Arnatsiaq


Community: Igloolik
Medium: Metalwork, Jewellery

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.

Johnny Angutiqjuaq


Community: Pond Inlet
Medium: Carving

A hard-working full-time artist, Johnny makes use of a wide range of natural materials such as caribou antler, baleen, ivory, musk-ox horn, and soapstone, to create his pieces.  Johnny takes pride in his art and loves to show his new pieces to others and share his creations with those around him.  A young artist with a strong work ethic and a desire to grow and innovate, Johnny has everything it takes to rise as an emerging Nunavut artist.

 

Temela Pitsiulak

 

Community: Cape Dorset
Medium: Carving

Growing up in Dorset, Temela has always been surrounded by artists and was inspired to take up art-making by his surroundings, as well as by advice he received from his grandmother to make a living from art.  Working both from observation and imagination, Temela enjoys carving soapstone into different animals, although he tends to favor birds above other subject matter. 

 

Lydia Qayaq


Community: Clyde River
Medium: Carving

 

Lydia, who started carving at the age of 15, stands out amidst Nunavut artists as one of the few female carvers.  Often working in marble or stone, Lydia creates beautifully finished pieces, which vary between animals, people and characters from Inuit folklore.  Her art has been featured in numerous galleries and she continues to gain recognition for her minimalist yet highly evocative works.

 

Toonoo Sharky


Community: Cape Dorset
Medium: Carving

Typically carving in serpentine or marble, Toonoo’s favourite subjects are bird figures with human faces and he describes his creative process as being primarily inspired by the stone itself.  His work is highly sought after and can be found in numerous galleries around the world.  Toonoo’s unique and imaginative pieces, and recognizable style, allow him to stand-out as one of the most innovative Inuit artists still creating today.

Helen Kaloon


Community: Gjoa Haven
Medium: Wall Hangings, Sewing, Tapestries

Sewing since she was 8 years old, Helen is driven to produce wall hangings, mittens and dolls: when ideas come to her she must sit down and complete the work.  Helen has become famous for creating beautiful tapestries and wall hangings, which often feature seal and fish mermaids, geese flying with children, and seals with children riding on them.  When discussing how she never traces out shapes prior to cutting them, Helen states: “My scissors are my pencil. I love sewing.”

 

Danny Aaluk


Community: Gjoa Haven
Medium: Drawing

Over the last decade, Danny has been gaining recognition for his detailed, imaginative scenes, which he typically illustrates using black ink.  He has come to be known for his distinct style, often-circular illustrations, and signature “drum” drawings, whereby he re-defines the meaning of a stretched canvas by drawing directly on the skin of traditional Inuit drums.

 

Lise DesRosiers


Community: Chesterfield Inlet
Medium: Painting, Drawing

Lise’s painting style is lively, intense and colourful and her paintings inspired by her observations of the world around her. Lise uses intense contrasts to create distinctive works.  Lise DesRosiers describes herself as redefining her art ceaselessly, bringing to her work and to her technique a growing evolution, for the pleasure of the art.

 

Ross Kayotak


Community: Igloolik
Medium: Carving

Typically working with antler, Ross’ pieces stand out as often whimsical figures whose body movements are inspired by the shape of the antler itself.  Ross follows in the same style as his mother Yvonne and creates pieces that demonstrate significant attention to detail.  His works have been featured in a number of publications and exhibitions over the last few years and can be found in galleries throughout the country.

 

Victoria Adjuk


Community: Rankin Inlet
Medium: Sewing, Fashion

Currently enrolled in a Fashion Design and Apparel Production in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Victoria is taking in as much knowledge as she can before returning to Nunavut to start her business.  Victoria’s love of fashion is evident in the way she takes pride in the garments she designs, which she feels are as much about creating unique pieces as they are about embracing and promoting Inuit culture.

 

 Eva Siakuluk


Community: Hall Beach
Medium: Sewing

Eva has been dabbling in carving and sewing since childhood when she learned from watching and helping her grand-parents.  She continued to help her grand-father sand his carvings throughout her teens, as well as helping her grand-mother clean caribou hide and seal skins.  Since then, she has continued to make art part-time, focusing mainly on sewing.  Eva specializes in wall-hangings and traditional clothing.

Helen Iguptak


Community: Rankin Inlet
Medium: Dolls, Wall Hangings

Helen has dabbled in a number of artistic disciplines, from painting to stencils and pottery thanks to courses offered through Rankin’s famous Matchbox Gallery.  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.

Inuujaq Dean


Community: Rankin Inlet
Medium: Sewing, Fashion, Beadwork, Photography

As someone who learns from trial and error, Inuujaq has become somewhat of a multi-disciplinary 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.

 

Elisapi D. Aningmiuq


Community: Iqaluit
Medium: Sewing, Fashion
(ARTIST/BOARD MEMBER)

In 2007, Elisapi was part of the first graduating class of the Arctic College’s two-year Fur Production and Design Program.  Over the years, she has helped develop various cultural skill development programs for the city of Iqaluit, which teach the next generation of Nunavummiut how to make traditional clothing and properly soften skins.  Elisapi is also the Chairperson of the Board for the Nunavut Arts & Crafts Association.

Jaco Ishulutaq


Community: Pangnirtung
Medium: Carving
(ARTIST/BOARD MEMBER)

Jaco is equally comfortable working with antler, ivory, whalebone, and soapstone and has also produced graphic works for the archives at the Uqqurmiut Centre. Today Jaco is the most prolific carver in the area and his pieces highly sought after.  His works have been exhibited in fine arts galleries all over the world.  Jaco is also a board member for the Nunavut Arts & Crafts Association. 

Alina Tungilik


Community: Kugaaruk
Medium: Carving
(ARTIST/BOARD MEMBER)

Alina’s works are in the classic Pelly Bay style whereby she uses mixed materials that typically incorporate inlays of ivory, whalebone and caribou antler.  She has been carving for many years and explored a wide range of subject matters, from day to day life in the community to the traditional ways of living on the land.  Alina is also a board member for the Nunavut Arts & Crafts Association. 

Sherlyn Kadjuk

 

Community: Arviat
Medium: Sewing, Fashion
(ARTIST/BOARD MEMBER)

Sherlyn is passionate about fashion and design.  She enjoys working with fur, leather and sealskin to create both contemporary and traditional designs.  She has had the opportunity to travel to various cities for fashion and trade shows.  Sherlyn currently holds a position of Manager at Kiluk LTD. where she manages the facility and develops new designs for her staff to create.  She is also a board member for the Nunavut Arts & Crafts Association.