First Sign of Spring: Inuit Prints from the Collections 1959-1970

16 March 2022 TO 30 April 2022


Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d'art de Sudbury

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Kenojuak Ashevak, Johnniebo Ashevak, Pitseolak Ashoona, Sorosiluto Ashoona, Peter Aliknak Banksland, Victor Ekootak, Agnes Nanogak Goose, Helen Kalvak, Kiakshuk, Iyola Kingwatsiak, Kellypalik Mungitok, Mona Ohoveluk, Anirnik Oshutioq, Parr, Ulayu Pingwartok, Kananginak Pootoogook, Shouyu Pootoogook , Napachie Pootoogook, Innujuakju Pudlat, Pudlo Pudlat, Lukta Qiatsuk, Lucy Qinnuayuak, Eegyvudluk Ragee, Pauta Saila, Pitaloosie Saila, Angotigolu Teevee

PITSEOLAK ASHOONA. Birds, Beast and Caribou, 1968.
Stonecut on Japanese paper.
LUMAC Collection, Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d’art de Sudbury.

First Sign of Spring features 60 prints by 27 Inuit artists including Kenojuak Ashevak, Pitseolak Ashoona, Lucy Qinnuayuak, Kananginak Pootoogook, and Helen Kalvak.

Scenes of daily life from Kinngait (Cape Dorset) and Ulukhaqtuuq (Holman Island), as well as representations of spirits, dreams, and images of transformation, are depicted.

After recognizing the talent of Inuit craftsmen, James Houston introduced the printmaking techniques of Japan to Kinngait in the late 1950s, which lead to the formation of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in 1959. Inspired by the works produced in Kinngait, Father Henri Tardy, OMI, assisted in establishing the Holman Island Cooperative in 1961. For over 60 years Inuit artists from the communities of Kinngait and Ulukhaqtuuq have been designing, printing, and selling original works of art.

HELEN KALVAK. From People to Animals, 1969. Stonecut on Japanese paper.
LUMAC Collection, Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d’art de Sudbury.

The exhibition was produced by the Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d’art de Sudbury with generous funding from the Government of Canada.

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