Michael Massie’s 100th Teapot

When you think of Michael Massie, you think of teapots. The Newfoundland-based artist has been creating them for nearly thirty years and in 2021 he made his 100th. Wittily called Identi-tea, a pun typical of Massie’s comical artwork titles, teapot #100 is an elegant silver masterpiece embellished with an elongated bloodwood handle and cap. The teapot’s body is etched with … Read More

Inuit Art Quarterly Nominated for 7 National Magazine Awards

Congratulations to the Inuit Art Quarterly on being nominated for seven 2021 National Magazine Awards! We could not be prouder of how far the IAQ has come. Since 2013, the Inuit Art Foundation has ramped up its visibility and outreach after nearly closing. Now, the Quarterly has become a staple periodical in the Inuit art world. It is firmly established … Read More

Introducing: Darcie Bernhardt

We are thrilled to introduce the luminous paintings of artist Darcie Bernhardt, which will be shown at the gallery for the very first time in her solo exhibition, Darcie Bernhardt: Akisuktuaq, opening June 5, 2021. Raised in Tuktuyaaqtuuq, Northwest Territories, Bernhardt is an Inuvialuk/Gwich’in artist currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A recent graduate of the Nova Scotia School of … Read More

In Memoriam: Jean Blodgett (1945–2020)

We are saddened to learn of the recent passing of seminal Inuit art historian, Jean Blodgett. Raised in Washington state, Blodgett moved to British Columbia in the early 1970s to pursue her graduate studies at UBC where she focused on Inuit sculpture. After graduation, Blodgett remained in Canada and began to lay the groundwork for the study of Inuit art … Read More

Wild Things: Papiara Tukiki

Papiara Tukiki (b. 1942) is an elder artist currently living in Kinngait (Cape Dorset). She was born at a camp in Nuwatta, located on the Foxe Peninsula on the southern end of Baffin Island. Tukiki lived in camps until 1962 when she moved into the settlement community at Kinngait. Shortly before the move, she began to experiment with drawing while … Read More

Qaumajuq – A New Centre for Inuit Art

The much-anticipated new centre for Inuit Art is now open at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Thoughtfully named Qaumajuq [kow-ma-yourk or how-ma-yourk], meaning “It is bright, it is lit” in the Nunavik dialect of Inuktitut, the centre is hailed as the first-of-its-kind as home to the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world. The gorgeous new building is … Read More

Themes in Inuit Art: Transformation

Since the 1950s, the theme of the transformation has featured in sculptures, prints, and drawings by Inuit artists hailing from many communities across the Canadian arctic. Depictions of human figures intertwined with animals have permeated the art form in various styles and media, captivating audiences for decades. While many admire the creativity and spirit that emanates from such pieces, the … Read More

Artist of the ‘90s: Sheojuk Etidlooie

“I started out drawing by accident at the Church Christmas games. That’s when I learned that I could draw, and ever since then I have gained confidence. I have to think about a drawing for a while before I start to make it. My drawings are from me, they are my own but it is not easy to make them. … Read More

A Brief History of Kinngait Printmaking

The world-renowned Kinngait Studios has welcomed experimentation and innovation in printmaking for over six decades. Many may be familiar with the story of its infancy, featuring Southern artist James Houston and his wife Alma, who were sent North by the Canadian government in the 1950s to establish an arts and crafts program in Kinngait. But the stars of this story … Read More

The Wonders of Baleen

This year’s annual Cape Dorset print collection included a number of showstopping prints featuring recognizable arctic subject matter. From the whimsical kamik-wearing owl in Ningiukulu Teevee’s dynamic lithograph Stepping Out, to Pauojoungie Saggiak’s open-mouthed char in First Catch, to Nicotye Samayualie’s luminous nocturne Silaqtiq (Bright Evening), the animals and landscapes of the Canadian arctic dominated the graphics of 2020. Perhaps … Read More