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Tudlik

Credit: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton
Tudlik

Medium:

drawing, printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.


1890

Date of Death:

Artists may have multiple dates of death listed as a result of when and where they passed away. Similar to date of birth, an artist may have passed away outside of a community centre or in another community resulting in different dates being recorded.

1966

Work

Biography

Tudlik was born in 1890 in near Kimmirut. He and his family moved to a camp near Kinngait in 1951 where he began producing carvings and selling them to James Houston. Tudlik’s carvings were quickly embraced and were exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada in 1951 and the Coronation Exhibition at Gimpel Fils Gallery in London, UK in 1953. Tudlik became known for his stylized representations of animals in stone, particularly birds with round eyes and flat protruding wings. He also participated in early printmaking activities in Kinngait and four of his prints were included in the first Cape Dorset annual print collection in 1959. A fifth print followed in the 1961 collection, but by that time Tudlik’s eyesight was weakening, and art making became difficult. Tudlik’s prints, like his carvings, are heavily stylized and share the artist’s unique point of view. His 1959 print Bird Dream Forewarning Blizzards shows a figure and a bird spirit. The large bird closely resembles the artist’s best-known sculptures, with flat, outstretched wings. Crucially, his prints reveal important traditional knowledge about camp life in the early 20th century. His print Division of Meat, 1959, for instance, appears to be an abstract linear composition, but it records how a harvested seal would be butchered and shared with those who had participated in the hunt. Tudlik died in Kinngait in 1966. His son Latcholassie Akesuk, also a prominent carver, began carving with his father in the early 1950s and continued making work in an abstract style similar to his father’s until his death in 2000. Tudlik’s prints and carvings can be found in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada and the Dennos Museum.View Long Biography and Citations

Exhibitions

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Name Year Gallery
Cape Dorset Revisited May 1994–June 1995 McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Arctic Spirit: 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art July 1994 Frye Art Museum
Cape Dorset Revisited: a collection of previously unreleased prints May–June 1994 Exhibited at selected commercial galleries, organized by West Baffin Eskimo Co-op