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 Ennutsiak Ennutsiak  (1896 - 1967)

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Lived/Active: Quebec/Nunavut / Canada      Known for: Inuit sculpture, stone and wood carving

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Ennutsiak (1896 - 1967) (1)

An Inuit (Eskimo) sculptor and carver, Ennutsiak (2) was born in the Nunavik region of northern, Quebec and died in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Baffin Island. His mediums included stone, ivory, bone, wood and mixed mediums. His subjects included figures and animals; however he was especially well-known for his depictions of Inuit genre* - nomadic life, family activities, hunting, fishing, etc. His style is described as Primitive Art* or Inuit Art. AskART images have some good illustrations of his work.

Ennutsiak's carvings have been included in exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (1963); the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba (1967, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1983); the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec (1973); the McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario (1983); the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec (1990); and the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario (1994). Recently, they were included in "Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection", at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (April 2 - October 16, 2011).

According to the Canadian Heritage Information Network* and individual museum websites, his works are in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau, Quebec), the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec), the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories), the Winnipeg Art Gallery (Manitoba), and the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).
(1) Please note: Inuit artists usually sign their works in syllabics and, during Ennutsiak's lifetime, with a number assigned by the Canadian government referred to as a disc number*. Ennutsiak's disc number was E7603. His name in syllabics can be seen in AskART Signature Examples. Source: Biographies of Inuit Artists (1993) (see AskART book references).

(2) Please note: The Canadian Heritage Information Network*, "Biographies of Inuit Artists" (1993), and provide three alternate names for this artist -  Ennutsiak Ennutsiak, Eenutsia Ennutsiak and Innutsiak Ennutsiak. - MDS

Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection (2010), edited by Gerald McMaster (see AskART book references)
Biographies of Inuit Artists (1993), compiled and published by the Inuit Art Section, Indian and Northern Affairs, Canada (see AskART book references)
Inuit Art Section: Catalogue of Services and Collections (1984), Research and Documentation Centre on Inuit Art (see AskART book references)
Sculpture of the Eskimo (1972), by George Swinton (see AskART book references)
Canadian Heritage Information Network*
Art Gallery of Ontario
National Gallery of Canada

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke.

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