Inuit Art in the Spotlight at International Art Fair

Mar 25, 2019
by IAQ

With your support, the IAF participated in Art Toronto 2017 in October, ensuring Inuit art had a strong presence among the best contemporary artists at Canada’s international modern art fair.

The Foundation’s booth featured master and emerging artists. A massive image of Abraham Anghik Ruben’s 2009 whalebone sculpture Angatuk was front and centre and generated additional attention for his talent. The image also introduced Abraham’s master artistry to new collectors.

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Avataq by Couzyn van Heuvelen also created a buzz. Couzyn is an early-career Inuk artist, currently based in Bowmanville, ON. Avataq is an installation of three silver-foil balloons, screen-printed by hand to look like inflated sealskin avataqs. The installation was a focal point of the fair, attracting more than 500 visitors to experience Inuit art.

Couzyn has experienced a number of successes since then, with his inclusion in the major group exhibition Insurgence/Resurgence at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Mississauga and a public art commission for Sheridan College. Thank you for ensuring Couzyn’s talent and creativity are experienced more broadly. When you see him or his work, please know you’ve played a role in his career.