Davidialuk Alasua Amittu


Photo Eugen Kedl

Biography

Davidialuk Alasua Amittu was a widely respected storyteller from the Nunavgirnaraq winter camp in Nunavik, QC, who was greatly inspired by the traditional stories he heard as a child. Amittu lived mostly around the Kuugaluk and Puvirnituq rivers and settled in Puvirnituq, Nunavik, QC where he began his artistic career by carving using wood, ivory and stone. During these years, his technique developed rapidly and he expanded his artistic practice to include drawing before turning to printmaking in the 1970s.

Amittu found inspiration in oral history to convey new versions of old stories [1]. Although best known for his sculptures and prints portraying supernatural elements, Amittu’s work also frequently dealt with issues of survival—chronicling tragic events that were all too common among those living on the land. Amittu’s carvings and prints represent a visual record of important aspects of Inuit oral tradition. He excelled at representing tales of the hunt and otherworldly narratives with his prints known for their expressive formal qualities.

Amittu is highly revered nationally and internationally. His works are part of collections of Inuit art at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON, the Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, QC, the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB, the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal in Montreal, QC and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON. His work has toured internationally across the United States, Europe and Asia. His work has also appeared multiple times in Inuit Art Quarterly and was on the cover of the Fall 2014 issue.

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Accomplishments

1974: Received an award at Crafts from Arctic Canada held by the Canadian Eskimo Arts Council
1965: Demonstrated carving techniques at the Inuit Sculpture Exhibition, Montreal

Davidialuk Alasua Amittu est un conteur très respecté du campement d’hiver de Nunavgirnaraq, au Nunavik. Il s’inspire grandement des histoires traditionnelles qu’il a entendues dans son enfance. Il entame sa carrière artistique à Puvirnituq, au Nunavik, au Québec, en sculptant le bois, l’ivoire et la pierre. Au cours de ces années, il perfectionne rapidement sa technique et étend sa pratique pour inclure le dessin avant de se tourner vers la gravure dans les années 1970. Il est mieux connu pour ses sculptures et gravures qui évoquent des éléments mythiques, mais ses œuvres abordent aussi les questions de survie, faisant la chronique d’événements tragiques bien trop courants chez ceux qui vivent sur le territoire. Ses créations constituent un registre visuel des aspects importants de la tradition orale inuite. Il excelle dans la représentation des récits de chasse et des récits mythologiques, ses gravures étant connues pour leurs qualités formelles expressives. Les œuvres de Davidialuk Alasua Amittu ont fait l’objet de tournées aux États-Unis, en Europe et en Asie et font partie des collections du Glenbow Museum, à Calgary, en Alberta, et de la Banque d’œuvres d’art du Conseil des Arts du Canada, à Ottawa, en Ontario.
ᑎᕕᑎᐊᓗᒃ ᐊᓚᓱᐊ ᐊᒥᑦᑐ ᐊᒥᓱᓂᑦ ᐃᑉᐱᒋᔭᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᕝᒋᕐᓇᕋᖅ ᑕᒻᒫᕐᕕᒃ ᓄᓇᕕᒻᒥ ᐅᐱᒋᔭᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓕᐊᖓᓄᑦ ᑐᓴᖅᓯᒪᔭᖏᑦ ᓱᕈᓯᐅᑎᓪᓗᒍ. ᐊᒥᑦᑐ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐳᕕᕐᓂᖅᑐᖅ, ᓄᓇᕕᒃ, ᑯᐱᒃ ᕿᔪᓐᓂᒃ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑐᓂ, ᑑᒑᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᔭᕋᓂᑦ. ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐅᑭᐅᒋᔭᖏᓐᓂ, ᓴᓇᙳᐊᕐᓂᕆᔭᖏᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᓱᒃᑲᔪᒃᑯᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᒋᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᖅᑐᓂᐅᒃ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᕐᓂᖓ ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᑐᒍ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᕐᓂᖅ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᖅᑳᖅᑎᓐᓇᒍ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ 1970−ᖑᑎᓪᓗᒍ. ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᑦᑎᐊᕋᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᖓᓄᑦ ᐊᖓᖅᑯᐊᕿᙳᐊᓂᑦ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᔪᓂᑦ, ᐊᒥᑦᑐᖅ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᖏᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᓐᓇᐅᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ – ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᓯᒪᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᐅᒐᔪᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᓄᓇᒥᐅᑕᐅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ. ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᖏᑦ ᑕᑯᔅᓴᐅᔪᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᒥᓃᑦ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖏᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᒃᑯᑦ. ᓴᓇᙳᐊᑦᑎᐊᖅᓯᒪᓂᖏᑦ ᑕᑯᔅᓴᐅᔪᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᑦ ᐊᓯᕙᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᖓᒃᑯᐊᕿᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᙳᐊᑦ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᖏᓐᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᒪᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ. ᐊᒥᑦᑐᑉ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᖏᑦ ᐊᐅᓪᓚᖅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐊᒥᐊᓕᑲ, ᐃᐅᕋᑉ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᐃᓴᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓇᓂᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᒡᓕᓐᐴ ᑕᑯᒐᓐᓈᒐᖃᕐᕕᒃ ᑭᐊᑯᕆ, ᐃᐊᐳᑕ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᓇᑕ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᒃᑯᕝᕕᒃ ᐋᑐᕙ, ᐋᓐᑎᐅᕆᔫᒥ.

Artist Work

About Davidialuk Alasua Amittu

Medium:

Graphic Arts, Sculpture

Artistic Community:

Puvirnituq, QC

Date of Birth:

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Nunagiirniraq Camp, QC
1910

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.

1976
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October 20, 2017 Created by: Alice Brassard Updated by: Rebecca Gray