Inuit Fine Art Gallery

Port Hope’s first fine art gallery specializing in Inuit art.

2018 Annual Cape Dorset Collection

Available for Purchase October 20, 2018
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Inuit Fine Art gallery represents the work of the older generations and the new, in styles that range from the traditional to the contemporary.

About The Artists

Port Hope’s first fine art gallery specializing in Inuit art.

Original and enigmatic.

For more than sixty years, the artists of Cape Dorset have been captivating audiences with works of art that express their Arctic world and way of life. They have become internationally acclaimed, and represented by galleries across Canada, the United States and Europe. I am delighted to be among them, and to be surrounded by such beautiful and inspiring work. During my many years living in Cape Dorset, I came to know most of the artists personally. They do not think of themselves as ‘artists’ in our understanding of the word. In fact, there is no equivalent word for art in their language. One of the words used for art in Inuktitut is isumanivi, which means, “your own thoughts.” In the early years, when drawing especially was a new and unfamiliar task, people would frequently ask, “what should I draw?”, and the answer was, whatever comes to mind, or isumanivi – think your own thoughts. The great joy and discovery for all who were unfamiliar with the Inuit imagination was the originality and aesthetic of those thoughts.

Very few Inuit artists have any formal training. Carvers learn the techniques and skills from watching their elders and trial and error. The Kinngait studios provide drawing paper and materials to anyone who wants to try, encouraging those who show some talent and interest. In this way, the first generation has now given way to the fourth. Inuit Fine Art gallery represents the work of the older generations and the new, in styles that range from the traditional to the contemporary. Their approach to their subjects is rooted in their cultural traditions, especially the connection to the land and animals of the Arctic on which they depend for their livelihood and lifestyle.

It has been my experience working with Inuit artists over many years and several generations that these immensely talented and generous people are motivated by their desire to share their world and way of life with the rest of Canada and the world.

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Those who think their own thoughts.

The first fine art gallery specializing in Inuit art located in the heart of historic Port Hope. The unique and inviting gallery space features original prints, drawings and sculpture from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, home of Canada’s oldest and most renowned Inuit arts Co-operative.