Lukta Qiatsuk


Courtesy of John Paskievich
Lukta Qiatsuk (1928 - 2004) was a printmaker, graphic artist and sculptor from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU. A leading member of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-op, he created work for many of their print collections between 1959 and 1980. As the main printer for more than two hundred pieces, Qiatsuk was also involved in the production of a good number of the most esteemed and recognizable Cape Dorset images [1]. Inspired by the work of his father, Kiakshuk, Qiatsuk started art-making, soon finding success in his own right.

Working with James Houston on the "early experiments" of the Co-op in 1957-58, Qiatsuk was able to try his hand at nearly every medium. Through making stonecut prints and stencils of his father's many drawings, Qiatsuk found his own passion for depicting human figures, animals and birds, developing a particular interest in owls [2]. One of his earliest works in print, aptly named Owl (1959), skillfully depicts the ruffled feathers of the bird taking flight. Considered to be an exemplary piece of the Co-op's first collection, and of the diverse artistic influences brought to the studios by Houston, Qiatsuk's Owl was included in the major touring exhibition from the Canadian Museum of History, "Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration," in 2011-12 [3].

By way of receiving a grant through the Canada Council for the Arts, Qiatsuk was able to travel to Basel, Switzerland, to attend the opening of his family's exhibition held at the Canadian Arctic Gallery during May and June 2003. Included in his artist statement, Qiatsuk noted how he wished that this exposure to the European audience would help to open up a new market for his sons in the future [4]. Qiatsuk's work is still celebrated in exhibitions around the world today, his legacy carried on through the art of his children.

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Accomplishments:

1955-56: One of the nine Inuit craftsmen from Cape Dorset chosen to create and make the first mace of the Northwest Territories (NWT).
 

About Lukta Qiatsuk

Medium:

Printmaking, Sculpture/Carving

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

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Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU
1928

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.

2004