Pudlo Pudlat
Inuit Drawings

Woman and Dogsled (1804)
Woman and Dogsled (1804), 1976
acrylic wash, black ink, coloured pencil, 21¾" × 29¾"
Awaiting Departure at Dorset (2167)sold
Awaiting Departure at Dorset (2167), 1977
acrylic wash, black ink, coloured pencil, 22" × 30"
A Hunter's Dream (2218)
A Hunter's Dream (2218), 1977
acrylic wash, black ink, coloured pencil, 20¾" × 24"
Loon Seal Composition (2173)
Loon Seal Composition (2173), 1977
acrylic wash, black ink, coloured pencil, 22" × 30"



Toni Onley rowing a boat out to a seaplane
Toni Onley rowing a boat out to his seaplane, c.1975

In 1974 inconic British Columbia painter Toni Onley was a guest on the polar icebreaker Louis St. Laurent, aboard which he painted more than 100 watercolours. It was this trip that fired his interest in the Arctic, politically as well as aesthetically. In 1975 Onley flew his own seaplane to Cape Dorset, a rigorous journey in and of itself, to teach printmaking at what is know known as Kinngait Studios. Pudlo Pudlat's observations of Onley's seaplane led him to create a highly successful series of technology-centred works. Pudlo held very positive attitudes toward the airplane, which he admired for its usefulness to the people of the north. In many of his paintings the wings of the plane face upward, mimicking the traditional Inuit expression of peaceful intent extended to strangers out on the land.

Pudlo Pudlat – Artist Biography

Pudlo Pudlat (male; 1916-1992); Inuit artist, Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada; prints and drawings.

Between 1977 and 1981, more than a dozen solo exhibitions of acrylics on paper by Cape Dorset artists were held in private galleries throughout Canada and the United States. The freshness and high quality of the work generated enthusiasm by the public for this new aspect of Inuit art. One of the most exhibited artists was the renowned Pudlo Pudlat. Pudlo had no formal instruction and yet possessed a strong sense of the requirements of a professional artist. He constantly sought to expand on his technical gains and by the late 1970s, his acrylics demonstrate a unique and beautiful deftness in the handling of paint. The soft strokes of coral paint in the lower half of his skies are subtly blended with the pale wash at the horizon in comparison to the all-over washes of his earlier works. This led to Pudlo developing a sought-after signature style of broad washes in horizontal layers representing land, sea and sky.

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Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now open at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario until January 21st, 2018. Afterwards, it will travel to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.

This exhibition was recently on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. (Photo credit: Kim Griffiths)

Rita Letendre

It is with profound sadness that Gallery Gevik announces the passing of our dear friend Rita Letendre, one of Canada’s most renowned, trailblazing artists. She passed away on November 20, 2021 after a long illness. She was 93 years old.