Kakulu Saggiatok
Inuit Prints

Shaman's Journey
Shaman's Journey, 1995 (CD95-04)
Kakulu Saggiatok
stonecut, ed. 6/50, 18" × 24½"
Myth of Creation
Myth of Creation, 2000 (CD00-03)
Kakulu Saggiatok
etching & aquatint, ed. 50, 31" × 27"
Becoming Human
Becoming Human, Spring Collection 2000 (CD00-S06)
Kakulu Saggiatok
etching & aquatint, ed. 50, 15¾" × 19"
Walrus Perch
Walrus Perch, 2003 (CD03-04)
Kakulu Saggiatok
lithograph, ed. 50, 20" × 28"
Proud Match
Proud Match, 2006 (CD06-03)
Kakulu Saggiatok
lithograph, ed. 50, 16¼" × 28¼"
Guardian of the Sea
Guardian of the Sea, 2006 (CD06-05)
Kakulu Saggiatok
etching & aquatint, ed. 50, 29" × 35¾"
Fleeting Transformation
Fleeting Transformation, 2007 (CD07-03)
Kakulu Saggiatok
stonecut & stencil, ed. 9/50, 24½" × 28"
Precious Cargo
Precious Cargo, 2011 (CD11-01)
Kakulu Saggiatok
lithograph, , 15" × 18"
Curious Bird
Curious Bird, 2011 (CD11-02)
Kakulu Saggiatok
lithograph, , 10" × 14"
Green Featherssold
Green Feathers (CD16-26)
Kakulu Saggiatok
stonecut, ed. 19" x 24"

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Kakulu Saggiatok – Artist Biography

Kakulu Saggiatok (also Saggiaktok, female; b:1940); Inuit artist, Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada.


Kakulu was born in 1940 on the Hudson's Bay Company's supply ship Nascopie, en route from Clyde River on north Baffin to Pangnirtung. At that time, her parents and older brother were members of a small group of Inuit who had traveled from south Baffin to trap and hunt furs in the northern regions of the island. Kakulu was just a child when she moved back to the Cape Dorset area.

Kakulu began to draw in the early 1960's when the newly established co-operative introduced its graphic arts program. Many of her images explore the concept of transformation, with animals blending into other animals, humans becoming animals and vice versa. This is an important theme in traditional Inuit folklore and mythology, where the natural and supernatural worlds were mediated by the shaman. Kakulu's 2007 print “Sedna's Realm” is an ambitious collaboration with Studio PM in Montreal. Etching has always been well suited to Kakulu's style and “Sedna's Realm” is a delicately detailed, totemic arrangement of amphibious creatures as only Kakulu can imagine them.

Kakulu's mother was Ikayukta (now deceased), also one of the early contributors to the annual print collections from Cape Dorset. Her older brother was Qavaroak Tunnillie, a prolific and talented sculptor (also deceased). Kakulu is married to Saggiaktok, who for many years was a printmaker in the stonecut studio. He would frequently proof and edition those images by Kakulu that had been chosen for stonecut prints. Kakulu and Saggiaktok live in Cape Dorset with their four children.

Dorset Fine Arts (reproduced with permission)

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 LetendreGallery Gevik congratulates renowned Canadian and International abstract painter, Rita Letendre, on her first major museum retrospective exhibition outside of Québec. Rita Letendre: Fire and Light is now open until September 17, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

This exhibition, which covers Letendre's career from the 1960's to 2000's, is co-curated by Wanda Nanibush and Georgiana Uhlyarik. The retrospective features nearly forty large-scale paintings drawn from major national public and private collections.

Letendre was widely exhibited with the artistic groups, Les Automatistes and Les Plasticiens. She has received the Governor General's Award in Visual Arts, the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, and the Orders of Canada, Ontario and Québec. Click here for more details.