Eli Sallualuk Kenuajuak was a sculptor from Isisuivik, a small camp south of Puvirnituq, Nunavik, QC. Kenuajuak created works that are both subtle and dynamic, with the final pieces he produced out of stone forming abstracted and surreal sculptures. Kenuajuak’s works alternate between highly polished surfaces and more roughly etched stone, providing each work with a sense of energy and movement compounded by the artist’s use of tangled limbs and tentacle-like shapes.
Kenuajuak's sculptures have been displayed with acclaim in exhibitions and collections world-wide. He had a solo exhibition in the former Inuit Gallery of Eskimo Art in Toronto, ON in the fall of 1985, which generated a heightened visibility for his work . The latest exhibition to include Kenaujuak’s work was Inuit Fantastic Art held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 2014. The show was inspired by the 1967 Puvirnituq sculpture competition that the artist won, and even included his original winning piece Spirit (1968).
Kenuajuak’s works are a part of the public collection of Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, ON, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, MB. He has exhibited his sculptures nationally and internationally in countries such as Japan and Germany.
1. George Swinton, Sculpture of the Eskimo (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1972).