Inuit artwork has been internationally renowned for many years. Historically, the preferred medium was walrus ivory and whale bones with the emergence in popularity of figurative carvings from relatively soft stone. Many Canadian Arctic artists have had their impressive work displayed in prominent galleries. Test your knowledge of their art with these trivia questions.
1. Kenojuak Ashevak (1927‐2013) is well known for her famous print. In 1960, she had what featured on a Canada Post stamp?
a) The Lone Wolf b) The Enchanted Owl c) The Basking Bear d) The Mystical Seal
2. Osuitok Ipeelee (1922‐2005) is an Inuk sculptor from Cape Dorset, Nunavut. His sculptures of birds and caribou are highly esteemed. What are these impressive artifacts made from?
a) Green soapstone b) Whale bones c) Caribou antlers d) Walrus ivory
3. Copper Inuit graphic artist Helen Kalvac (1901‐1984) was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In 1978 she was appointed to the Order of Canada. Canada Post used her work on a .17 cent stamp entitled what?
a) The Oracle b) The Gift c) The Narwhal d) The Dance
4. Agnes Namogak (1925‐2001) creates fluid bold artwork and contributed illustrations to children’s books featuring Inuit legends. She is the first Inuit artist to receive what?
a) Award‐winning Literary Author b) Honorary degree from a university c) Order of Canada d) The honour of being a publicly elected official.
5. An Inuk sculptor artist and historian, Peter Pitseolak (1902‐1973) was also Baffin Island’s first indigenous what?
a) Architect b) Lawyer c) Photographer d) Surgeon
7. Jimmy Iqaluq, a resident of Nunavut, is a crafty hunter and talented carver. When his snowmobile went through the ice, he slipped out of the water with his legs going numb. What animal fur from his catch of the day did he utilize to create emergency pants?
a) Hare b) Fox c) Lemmings d) Caribou
8. John Pangnark (1920‐1980) is a notable Inuit sculptor. His work features frequent use of geometric abstractions and its nearly exclusive focus on the human figure. He was a native of what Arctic community?
a) Arviat b) Aklavik c) Iqaluit d) Igloolik
9. In the Inuktitut language what does “sanak” translate into?
a) Figurative art b) Inuit artist c) Made by hand d) Shamanic amulets
10.Elizabeth Angrnaqquaq (1916‐2003) was an innovative Canadian Inuk artist active from the 1970s to the early 2000s. What type of work did she create?
a) Oil paintings b) Ivory and bone carvings c) Block printing d) Textiles
1. b) The Enchanted Owl
2. a) Green soapstone
3. d) The Dance
4. b) An honorary degree from a university
5. c) Photographer
6. d) Vermiculite
7. b) Fox
8. a) Arviat
9. c) Made by hand
10. d) Textiles