Baker Lake
Inuit Sculpture

Transformation, by Nancy Aptanik
Nancy Aptanik
Mother and Child, by Matthew Aqigaaq
Matthew Aqigaaq
Eagle, by Effie Arnaluag
Effie Arnaluaq
Couple, by Louis Arnaryuinnaq
Louis Arnaryuinnaq
Hunter, by Barnabus Arnasungaaq
Barnabus Arnasungaaq
Inuk, by Eulalie Irkok
Eulalie Irkok
Heads, by Tuna Iquliq
Tuna Iquliq
Inuk, by Thomas Sevoga
Nancy Sevoga
Inuk, by Thomas Sevoga
Thomas Sevoga
Composition, by Martha Tickie
Martha Tickie
Two Faces and Muskox, by Simon Tukumi
Simon Tookoomie
Mother and Child, by Unidentified
Unknown Artist

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Baker Lake, NU

Baker Lake (Qamani'tuaq – "where the river widens") is a hamlet in the Kivalliq Region, in Nunavut on mainland Canada. Located 320 km (200 mi) inland from Hudson Bay, it is near the nation's geographical centre, and is notable for being the Canadian Arctic's sole inland community. The hamlet is located at the mouth of the Thelon River on the shore of Baker Lake. The community was given its English name in 1761 from Captain William Christopher who named it after Sir William Baker 11th Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company.

Baker Lake is known for its Inuit art, such as wallhangings, basalt stone sculptures and stonecut prints. The community has been home to internationally exhibited artists such as Jessie Oonark, Simon Tookoomie, Irene Avaalaaqiaq Tiktaalaaq, Tuna Iquliq,Barnabus Arnasungaaq, Marion Tuu'luq, Matthew Aqigaaq, David Ikutaq and Luke Anguhadluq.

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 on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.