Arctic Visions: Inuit Drawings from Northern Canada is the first exhibition in nearly two decades to examine in detail this marvellous art form. It is particularly timely with the current interest in drawing generally. The exhibition showcases work by six artists from three different regions with more than one hundred images in total. The earliest were created in the 1970s and the most recent executed in the last few years.
The drawings in this exhibit were created mostly with coloured pencil crayons on paper. In an individualistic fashion typical of Northern artists, the styles and techniques are unexpected and intriguing. The show portrays a rich diversity of Inuit drawing, as well as the unique particularities of each of the featured artists, all of whom have made powerful contributions to Northern drawing. From Nick Sikkuark, in Kugaaruk, are fantastic landscapes containing supernatural figures. Cape Dorsets Sheojuk Etidlooie transforms the everyday world into virtually abstract images. Kananginak Pootoogook, also based in Cape Dorset, captures wildlife with an exquisite technical drawing style. Three Baker Lake artists are featured. Francoise Oklaga takes an expressionistic approach while Janet Kigusiuq's formal style is almost disturbing. The colourful bird-filled images of Lucy Qinnuayuakare are refreshingly whimsical by contrast. Visitors will be fascinated by the variations.