bone, printmaking, sculpture/carving, stone, wood

Artistic Community:

Nain, NL



Gilbert Hay is a carver and printmaker from Nain, Nunatsiavut, NL whose extensive travel as a young man heightened and informed his love of his own culture and determination to keep it alive in his work. Marked by the tension between ‘traditional’ Inuit art and something more abstract, Hay’s carvings comment on the political and philosophical realities of Inuit life today, and often use inuksuit to examine colonialism. Hay is considered the first Inuk from Labrador to experiment with printmaking, and is a past director of the Inuit Art Foundation. His work has been extensively exhibited at The Rooms Provincial Gallery in St John’s and other galleries across Canada.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
SakKijâjuk 2017 Heather Igloliorte
Two Artists at Banff: Ashevak and Hay 1991
Inuit Artists at Banff 1991


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
• SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft From Nunatsiavut October 2016 - January 2017 The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery
North and South: Tradition, Invention and Intervention in Labrador 2002 The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery
Stone and Bone: And Exhibition and Sale of Labrador Sculpture 1993 Labrador Institute of Northern Studies


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Achievement Year Organization
Appreciation Award for Contribution to the Arts 1994 Jens Haven School & Labrador College
Recognition of Ambassadorship 1993 Tourism Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
125 Confederation Medal 1992 Hon. Bill Romphey on behalf of Canada

Public Collections

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Collection Location
McMichael Canadian Art Collection Kleinburg, ON, Canada
The Rooms St. John's, NL, Canada