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papatsie, Ame

Ame Papatsie has designed many drawings and paintings, numerous logos, murals, tattoos, and computer graphics using images from his cultural heritage. He has also created sealskin masks and chessboards. Ame has perfected and is famous for his technique of drawing simultaneously with both hands in perfect symmetry. He has been an invited artist at the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association\\\’s annual arts festival since 2003, and in was twice invited to participate in the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik- where he received two awards- Most Valuable Participant and Spiritual Artist Award. He is an active member of the arts community in Nunavut as the Chairman of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association and a board member for the Inuit Artists Association.

Atsiaq, Noo

Noo learned how to carve stone at the young age of 11, by watching his father Alashua.

Tunnillie, Ashevak

Ashevak Tunnillie (Tunillie)

Date of Birth: November 2, 1956

Place of Birth: Cape Dorset

Residence: Cape Dorset

Medium/Materials: Carving – Stone – Serpentine, Marble

“The son of Tayaraq and master carver Qavaroak (Kabubuwa) Tunnillie, Ashevak has a style that embraces, but is distinct from, his father’s. His work embodies a fluid sense of movement and incorporates the inner nature of the particular stone. Skilled at carving in the round, Ashevak’s use of positive and negative space gives his sculptures an openness of design and a strong presence. His work was included in the 1989 “Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks,” which toured for more than a decade.”

—excerpt from Cape Dorset Sculpture

Ashevak enjoys carving immensely. Having lived in a traditional Inuit camp for part of his life, he uses the knowledge he gained of polar bears to give shape to his pieces. Polar bears are this artist’s favorite subjects, but he also carves seals, caribou and birds.

Exhibitions:

1983 An Enduring Tradition II: Inuit Carving
from the Northwest Territories
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia
(illustrated catalogue)

Sept – Oct 1984 On the Land
The Arctic Circle
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Nov – Dec 1984 Contemporary Art: Cape Dorset
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
Montreal, Quebec

Nov – Dec 1985 Cape Dorset Sculpture by Ipellee
Osuitok, Tutuiya Ikkidluak, Quavaroak
Tunnillie, Ashevak Tunnillie, Peter
Tunnillie
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
Montreal, Quebec

Nov – Dec 1986 Art Inuit
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
Montreal, Quebec

Nov – Dec 1987 Art Inuit
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
Montreal, Quebec

Dec 1987 – Jan 1988 The Art of the Eskimo
Newman Galleries

Dec 1987 – Feb 1988 Inuk, Inuit: Art et tradition chez les
esquimaux d’hier et d’aujourd’hui
presented by L’Iglou Art Esquimau,
Douai,
at Musee des Beaux-arts d’Arras
Arras, France
(illustrated catalogue)

March 1988 Arctic Forms – Inuit Sculpture
Arctic Inuit Art Gallery
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.

July 1988 [L’art inuit]
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Chapelle de la Visitation, Thonon
France

October 1988 Tundra & Ice: Stone Images of
Animals and Man
presented by Orca Aart at the
Adventurers’ Club
Chicago, Illinois

November 1988 [L’art inuit]
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Les Martres-de-Veyre
France

Nov – Dec 1988 [Inuit Art Exhibition]
Orca Aart, presented at
Neiman Marcus
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

December 1988 [L’art inuit]
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Galerie des Tanneurs, Mulhouse
France

January 1989 Cold Stones, Warm Hearts: Inuit Art
from the Northwest Territories
University of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.

Jan – Feb 1989 The Art of the Eskimo
Newman Galleries
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

February 1989 Arctic Images: Major Sculptures by Canada’s Leading Contemporary Eskimo (Inuit) Artists
at D/Erlien Fine Art Limited
presented by Orca Aart, Chicago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

February – March 1989 [L’art inuit]
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at St. Marcellin
France

March – April 1989 [L’art inuit]
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Galerie Autre Regard, Paris
France

May 1989 Birds: Sculpture from Cape Dorset
& Rock Ptarmigan Limited Edition
Print by Kananginak
The Guild Shop
Toronto, Ontario

June 1989 Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition
of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks
Presented by the Amway Corporation
at the United Nations General Assembly
New York, New York, U.S.A.
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

June – July 1989 Art Inuit
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Galerie Sanguine, La Rochelle
France

Oct – Dec 1989 Baffin Images
Orca Aart
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

January 1990 Art Inuit, la Sculpture des Esquimaux du Canada
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Centre d’Action Culturelle du Bassin
Houllier, Lorrain, Saint Avold
France

March 1990 Art Inuit, l’Art des Esquimaux du Canada
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Maison Falleur, Cambrai
France

April 1990 Art Inuit
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Palais de l’Europe
Le Touquet, France

May 1990 Early and Contemporary Sculpture and
Prints
by Well-Known Inuit Artists
Arctic Artistry
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.A.

June – July 1990 Small Sculptures from across the
Canadian Arctic
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

Nov – Dec 1990 Art Inuit: Autour de la Collection de Cape Dorset 1990
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Centre Culturel Canadien
Paris, France

Dec 1990 – Jan 1991 A Family Tradition: Inuit Art
from Canada’s Arctic
Presented by Arctic Inuit Art at the
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.

February 1991 Animals of the Arctic
Arctic Inuit Art
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.

February – April 1991 Art Inuit
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Galerie Humbert
Nantes, France

March – April 1991 Art Inuit
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Le Theatre
La Ciotat, France

April – May 1991 Art Inuit
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Palais de l’Europe
Le Touquet, France

May – June 1991 Art Inuit
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at La Halle aux Bles
Saint Malo, France

July 1991 Art Inuit
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Chapelle de la Visitation
Thonon, France

July – August 1991 Glaciopolis: Art Inuit
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Maison de Pesey
Les Arcs, France

Oct – Dec 1991 Art Inuit
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Galerie Maite Aubert
Le Havre, France

Nov – Dec 1991 Art Inuit: Autour de la Collection de Cape Dorset 1991
Presented by l’Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Le Colombier
Ville D’Avray, France

Feb – Sept 1992 Inuit Art: Drawings and Recent Sculpture
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Nov – Dec 1992 Inuit Sculpture–New Acquisitions
Pucker Gallery
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
(illustrated brochure)

Sept – Nov 1993 The Bear: Sculpture
Albers Gallery
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Oct – Nov 1993 Sculpture and Graphics from Cape
Dorset
Art Space Gallery
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

April – May 1994 Mythic Image
Ancestral Spirits Gallery
Port Townsend, Washington, U.S.A.

Sep – Oct 1994 Kunst van de Inuit Eskimo’s
Gemeentelijk Kunstcentrum
Huis Hellemans
Edegem, Belgium
(illustrated brochure)

April 1995 Inuit Mythology
Arctic Experience
Hamilton, Ontario

September 1995 Sedna: Spirit of the Sea
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

Nov – Dec 1995 Miniaturen
Inuit Galerie
Mannheim, Germany
(brochure)

Solo Exhibitions:

Oct – Nov 1995 Ashevak Tunnillie
Inuit Galerie
Mannheim, Germany

Collections:

Amway Environmental Foundation Collection, Ada, Michigan, U.S.A.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Selected References:

MASTERS OF THE ARCTIC: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit
Masterworks. Ada, Michigan: Amway Corporation, 1989.

Inuit Galerie. DIE KUNST AUS DER ARKTIS. Mannheim, Federal Republic
ofGermany: Inuit Galerie, 1986, 1986.

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver. AN ENDURING TRADITION II: Inuit Carving
from the Northwest Territories. Vancouver: The Inuit Gallery of
Vancouver, 1983.

Musee des Beaux-Arts (Arras, France). INUK, INUIT: Art et tradition
chez les Esquimaux d’hier et d’aujourd’hui. Arras, France: Musee
des Beaux-Arts, 1987.

Works Cited:

INAC, Inuit Artist Biography System.1995.

Spiritwrestler.com. 1997-2005. Spirit Wrestler Gallery. 22 Oct. 2010

Killiktee, Shorty

Shorty Killiktee was born August 20, 1949 near Lake Harbour. He preferred to work with ivory, etching especially, but was content with stone and antler. He was largely self-taught, but recalled watching others carve.

Larko, Reggie

Reggie Larko is a Canadian artist who draws his inspiration from the beauty of the culture of North American first people.

Henry, Brad

Brad Henry is an ex-firefighter who was born to Tlingit and Vun tut Gwitch’in parents in the Yukon Territory in the 1960s. As a child, the family of nine moved to Vancouver, British Columbia.

Saila, Mikisiti

Mikisiti Saila was born in 1939 and died in 2008. The son of legendary artist Pauta Saila, Mikisiti exhibited for more than thirty-five years.

Papigatuk, Johnny

Johnny plans on staying in Cape Dorset and carving for a living. His work is shown in galleries throughout Canada and the United States.

Curley, Tony

Tony is the son of Cape Dorset artist Kellypalik Curley. He loves to carve and he executes his pieces in a simple style.

Hunt, Corrine

Born in Alert Bay British Columbia in 1959, Corrine has been creating contemporary art that reflects the themes and traditions of her First Nations Komoyue and Tlingit heritage since 1985.