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25+ Ways Inuit Artists Have Historically Used Pantone's Colour of the Year

Jan 03, 2020
by IAQ
When Pantone picked Classic Blue as the Colour of the Year for 2020, they described it as timeless, elegant, restful and comfortable, a “stable foundation” on which to build. Perhaps that’s why Inuit artists have so often used this hue as a backdrop in their works over the years, a stand-in for the comfort offered by the clear blue of sky, sea and ice.

Check out these stunning blue works that show how artists have used this classic colour in imaginative ways.


Tim Pitsiulak
 Arvik/Bowhead Whale (2009) Serigraph 34 x 29.5 
Copyright Dorset Fine Arts 


Padloo Samayualie
Leaving Yellowknife, Heading to Calgary (2016) Coloured pencil, graphite and ink 23 x 30 in.
Courtesy Feheley Fine Arts Reproduced with Permission Dorset Fine Arts


Passa Mangiuk
Convergence North/South (2018) linocut 39 x 66 ⅛ in.
Courtesy Feheley Fine Arts

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Sheojuk Etidlooie
Blue Bird (1977) Etching/aquatint
Copyright Dorset Fine Arts


Leetia Alivaktuk
Bowhead Whales Near Pangnirtung (2018) Linocut 14 x 19.5 in.
Courtesy Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts


Tim Alivaktuk
Tagging Along (2018) Stonecut 52 x 31cm
Courtesy Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts

Peggy Andersen Simple Mitts.  Tanned ringed seal with royal blue moosehide; and beaver trim.

Peggy Andersen
Simple Mitts (2017) Sealskin, moosehide and beaver 
Courtesy the artist 


Kenojuak Ashevak
Nunavut (Our Land) (1992) lithograph 230 x 370.5 cm


Wall hanging (1990) Wool, acrylic and cotton 33 x 46.5 cm
Courtesy Canadian Museum of History

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Heather Campbell
Jellyfish #2 (2014) Pen and ink 16 x 20 in.
Courtesy the artist


Papiara Tukiki
Iqalukjuat (Blue Sharks) (2011) Stonecut 11 x 25 in
Copyright Dorset Fine Arts


Kingmeata Etidlooie
Hunter’s Dream (1988) Lithograph 55 x 76 cm
Copyright Dorset Fine Arts


Gilbert Hay
Natural Gas (1991) Steatite, multi-coloured grey/agate blue/coloured gems from the Banff area 23.5 X 16.0 X 6.0 in.
Courtesy McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Inuk360 Toronto Fashion Week

Inuk 360
Sealskin Earrings (2018)
Courtesy Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto

Janet KigusuqBLUE FISH1999

Janet Kigusiuq
Blue Fish (1999)
Courtesy the artist


Joe Talirunili
Shipwreck (1968) Stonecut 13.75 x 21.5 in.
Courtesy Galerie Elca London 


Carrying in Groceries (2019)
Courtesy the artist


Kananginak Pootoogook
Bears on Blue Ice (2004) Stonecut and stencil 43.7 x 62 in
Copyright Dorset Fine Arts

KilabukAnnieWhaleHuntingInKayak copy

Annie Kilabuk
Whalehunt in Kayak (2000) Etching 15 x 22 ¼ in
Courtesy Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts


Laisa Audlaluk-Watsko
Untitled (2019) Digital Photograph
Courtesy the artist


Nicotye Samayualie
Lots of Cotton Flowers (2013) Coloured pencil and pen
Copyright Dorset Fine Arts


Polar Bear and Cub in Ice (1959) Stencil 24.4 x 48.3 cm
Copyright Dorset Fine Arts

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Eva Talooki Aliktilik
 Mother and Child (1993) (L) Figure (1994) (R) Stone and glass beads


Janet Nungnik
Son-in-Laws (2002) wool felt, embroidery floss, beadwork on wool duffel 17 x 28.5 in.
Courtesy Marion Scott Gallery


Qabaroak Qatsiya
Two Men Discussing Coming Hunt (1961) Stencil 50.8 x 63.6 cm
Copyright Dorset Fine Arts


Ningiukuluk Teevee
Glittering Walrus (2019) Etching, Aquatint and Hand Colouring 78 x 121 cm
Copyright Dorset Fine Arts


Victoria Kakuktinniq
ATUAT | ᐊᑐᐊᑦ (2019) Polyester, cotton, sealskin and fox fur
Courtesy the artist

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