The art and artists of Canada’s Arctic

In the days before mass media reached the remote corners of Canada, before things like Twitter and Facebook, the art and artists of Canada’s Arctic were the main conduit for northerners to communicate their culture and communities to the rest of the world.

From the first generation of artists like Order of Canada recipient Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013) to contemporary iconoclasts like the late Jutai Toonoo (1959- 2015), these artists pushed boundaries, exploring everything from traditional culture and family life, to the climate and social change going on in their communities.

Since 2010, Eye on the Arctic’s Eilís Quinn has been travelling to these artists’ studios to talk to them about their techniques and their inspiration, their communities and their collaborations.

Here, you can find their conversations, all in one place, and learn more about the printmakers, graphic artists and carvers responsible for some of the most internationally recognized art out of Canada.

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Is the Holman print program worth saving? – The evolution of the arts economy in Canada’s North

ULUKHAKTOK (Holman), Northwest Territories – Louie Nigiyok, a printmaker and artist from this remote Inuit community in Canada’s western Arctic, starts his days pretty much the way that he always has since the 1980s. He wakes up and makes his way to the local print studio, now housed at the Ulukhaktok Arts Centre.

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