Saturday, April 6, 2013

Iqaluit, Day 19: The Arts

What would be the whole point of being an illustrator going up so far north without checking out the local arts? In today's post I'm going to show you a small selection of what's going on art-wise in the Northern Territories of Canada...

At the Iqaluit Fine Arts Studio.
Soapstone carvings are very popular
and beautifully done.

The Master at work

Details of an antler carving

Tupilaks are ritualistic monster figures.
Read more about them:

Carved whale bone

Inuksuks are a popular carving motif.

I came across one artist, Germaine Arnaktauyok, and I really dig her style. She's very popular here and I've seen many of her art prints decorating the walls of people's homes.

"Sleep My Little One"

"The Shaman's Apprentice"

"Mother Earth"

And last but not least, I contributed to the local art scene a little bit as well :) I held a Digital Painting Workshop at the Nunavut Arctic College on four evenings and one Beginner's Course on the weekend.  It was fascinating to see the students getting into it so fast and with such great interest. Really proud of all of them! 

1 comment:

  1. Awwww, I am in love with the sculptures and artworks too. That is totally my thing! And the carved walrus skull from the post before was just badass!! I agree. But, oh my God! Soon your stay in the Arctic will be over. :(