Inuit Art at Masterpiece London

This week Pat travelled to London, England for Masterpiece London. The annual international art fair features 150 exhibitors showcasing art from all eras—antiquity to 2019. Masterpiece’s variety makes it one of London’s most anticipated art events of the year. RBC, principal sponsor of Masterpiece, welcomed works by contemporary Inuit artists to be featured in this year’s RBC lounge. Several drawings … Read More

Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds Travels to Prince Edward Island

Shuvinai Ashoona’s acclaimed solo exhibition Mapping Worlds is on the road! The show, which saw its first iteration at the Power Plant Contemporary Gallery in Toronto, is currently on view at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The best of Shuvinai’s oeuvre is on display: fantastical monsters, portraits of people from her community, imagery from … Read More

Opening Reception: Mathew Nuqingaq – Masquerade

For someone well recognized for his “masks”– as in his famous array of wildly imaginative snow goggles – Mathew Nuqingaq proved to be disarmingly forthright about his emotions at the opening of his Masquerade exhibition. The goggles themselves are playful, yet at the same time they display an exceptionally high standard of craftsmanship. Whether working with muskox horn, antler, baleen, … Read More

Feheley Fine Arts Hosts Event to “UnMask” Mental Illness

This year, Feheley Fine Arts participated alongside twenty-one Toronto galleries in the UnMasked biannual fundraiser for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Awareness (CAMH). Italian food met Inuit art on the night of May 29, 2019, as the gallery transformed into an intimate dining experience catered by renowned local Sicilian restaurant, ARDO. The idea behind UnMasked is to “take … Read More

First Arts inaugural auction breaks record

On May 28, 2019, First Arts held its first-ever live auction of Inuit and First Nations Art. 75 works from important Canadian and American collections were up for sale which, in the end, realized a total of over $1.2 million – selling an astonishing 95% of lots offered. Held at Waddington’s Auctioneers in Toronto, the First Arts sale included historical, … Read More

Niap – Ivalu: Tattooed

We’ve hosted drum dances and throat singing and many other forms of Inuit performance. But never a live tattooing session. It took someone with the force of personality of Niap – aka Nancy Saunders – to make it happen within our walls. Niap herself is on a roll. It seems like everything she imagines is becoming reality. She has several … Read More

Mathew Nuqingaq: “Masquerade”

He’s a drum dancer, performance artist, photographer, sculptor, jewelry maker and Member of the Order of Canada. He’s principally known for his wearable works of art that draw on traditional Inuit stories and symbols. Recently, a pair of his antler earrings made it onto the cover of Maclean’s magazine, worn by none other than former federal cabinet minister, Jane Philpott. … Read More

Biennale – Fast Impressions

Here in Venice, it’s fascinating to see what art stops people and what keeps them moving. There’s a certain herd effect here, as if you’re queuing to get on a platform for a train. The crowds are dense and you sometimes have to make a willful decision to stop, while the pack moves on. After touring the Giardini section of … Read More

Biennale – Sincerity Wins.

Welcome to the carnival. The 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia opened today with crazy crowds and crazy art. Has the world gone truly mad? In the main “May You Live in Interesting Times” show we were “entertained” by a half-size plastic cow circling on a railway track. The gathering throngs seemed as concerned with their own … Read More

A transcendent moment for the Inuit at the Venice Biennale.

We are here in Venice for the opening of the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. More precisely, we are here for the opening of the first Canadian Pavillion in the history of the world’s premier art show to showcase the work of Inuit artists. This historic moment seems even more poignant at this remove from the … Read More