Dancing Walrus, 2008
serpentine, bone tusks, 12" × 12" × 11"
serpentine, 9.5" × 18" x 10.5"
mottled soapstone, 7" × 12½" × 5"
Kellypalik Qimirpik Artist Biography
Kellipalik/Kellypalik Qimirpik (male; 1948-2017); Inuit sculptor; Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada.
Kellypalik Qimirpik was born in 1948 and lived in Cape Dorset on Baffin Island with his wife Ningeorapik and their three children. His son, Pitseolak, is also a carver and learned from his father.
Qimirpik began carving as a young boy, improving his skills while observing life and the surrounding nature. He is known for his sculptures of wilflife and dramatic figures. Qimirpik had his first exhibition in 1976 as a young man and has gone on to participate in prestigous shows, such as "Masters of the Arctic" and "Die Kunst aus der Arktis" in Mannheim, Germany.
His portrayal of animal transformation pieces and use of imaginative subjects, makes him one of the leading carvers alive today. His work is included in several major collections inlcuding the National Gallery of Canada.
Daphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97.
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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 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)