The drawings, paintings, and prints of William Noah (1943-2020) reflect the artist’s own affinity for the land and animals of the Kitchecut area. Born in Back River, Noah was based in Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake) where he cemented himself as a key figure not only in the studio, but as a prominent member of the community. He acted as a territorial level politician and a member of the Northwest Territories Legislature in the early 1980s. He was also a longtime Inuktitut CBC correspondent for Qamani’tuaq, and worked for many years on CBC’s northern network keeping northerners informed about community news.
Noah, along with four other artists formed a collective entitled the Art and Cold Cash Collective. Together they held a number of group exhibitions across Canada.
Noah established his prominence as a graphic artist in the very early Baker Lake Graphic Collections. He also came from an artistic family: his mother was renowned graphic artist Jessie Oonark, and his siblings include accomplished artists Nancy Pukingrnak, Victoria Mamnguqsualuk, and Janet Kigusiuq.
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