Fantastic Transformations

Artworks by Qavavau & Tukiki Manumie

February 3 – March 3, 2018

This exhibition features sculpture and drawings by the late Tukiki Manumie (1952 – 2017), along side drawings by his brother Qavavau Manumie (1958 – ). Their artistic heritage comes from their grandfather Kiakshuk and their mother, Paunichea Manumie. Their brother, Axangayu Shaa is also a renowned artist.

Tukiki Manumie, SPIRIT, 2017, Stone, 5 x 15 1/2 x 6 in.

Tukiki Manumie was born on December 10th, 1952, in Hamilton, Ontario. Shortly after his birth, Tukiki relocated to Cape Dorset with his family, and lived in several communities throughout his life including Kimmirut. A multidisciplinary artist, throughout his career Tukiki pursued jewellery making, printmaking, drawing, and carving. For this show however, we have chosen to highlight the drawings and sculpture by this talented artist.

Qavavau Manumie, COMPOSITION (FEATHER FOOD), 2014, Coloured pencil & ink, 19 3/4 x 25 1/2 in.

Younger brother Qavavau Manumie was born in Brandon, Manitoba in 1958, where his mother was hospitalized for tuberculosis. Qavavau spent his earliest years in foster care before returning to Cape Dorset with his mother, where he has lived since. Over the course of his career, Qavavau has established himself as a master printer and graphic artist. He is primarily known for his whimsical drawings, many of which have been made into prints for the Cape Dorset annual collections. At age 60, Qavavau Manumie is still active in the Kinngait Studios.

Fantastic Transformations isolates selected works of the Manumie brothers in a single exhibition so as to be in dialogue with one another, to show how there is a resonance between works of these two artists. Tukiki’s sculptures are comprised of intricate compositions: birds with elongated necks morph and snake around each other, crystalizing an instance of transformation that is organic, serpentine and elegant. Arguably the most striking quality of Tukiki’s sculpture is the way in which he manipulates negative and positive space to create an interplay of forms that have an ethereal quality. The same of this interplay could be said about the drawings by Qavavau, which explore a range of thematic content from naturalistic and imaginative depictions of arctic wildlife, to traditional Inuit mythology and legends, to narrative scenes that address contemporary global concerns. Qavavau’s drawings are often intricate, recalling the forms of Tukiki’s sculpture and vice versa.

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