Thomassie
Kudluk

Photo: Thomassie Kudluk
Thomassie
Kudluk

Medium:

drawing, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kangiqsuk (Kangirsuk), QC

Date of Birth:

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1910

Date of Death:

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1989

Work

Biography

Thomassie Kudluk was an artist based in Kangiqsuk (Kangirsuk), Nunavik, QC, who worked primarily in sculpture to create humorous and unique work. Kudluk frequently included Inuktitut syllabics on his sculptures and drawings, often inscribing his chosen title on visible surfaces of the work. In other instances, Kudluk would use the syllabics to relate the story of what he had carved. Although he occasionally drew on oral history and contemporary traditional practices in his work, Kudluk’s primary thematic concern was with Inuit personal and social life. He was also one of the few Inuit artists to produce sexual carvings (mostly with a humorous twist) at a time when these depictions were considered taboo. Kudluk's work was first exhibited in 1973 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba, and the artist enjoyed his first solo show in 1979 at The Arctic Circle in Los Angeles, California, before going on to exhibit more broadly across North America and in Europe. His work can be found in the public collections of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC, among other major institutions across Canada. Kudluk's work was first exhibited in 1973 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba, and the artist enjoyed his first solo show in 1979 at The Arctic Circle in Los Angeles, California, before going on to exhibit more broadly across North America and in Europe. His work can be found in the public collections of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC, among other major institutions across Canada.View Long Biography and Citations

Publications

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Title Year Author
5 Works: Word Play Fall 2018 Inuit Art Foundation
Ijurnaqtut: Whimsy, Wit and Humour in Inuit Art Summer 2011 Anne Eyler
Transformations at the Art Gallery of Ontario Fall 2009 Marshall Webb

Exhibitions

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Name Year Gallery
Ijurnaqtut: Whimsy, Wit and Humour in Inuit Art Nov 2010 - Jan 2011 Carleton University Art Gallery
Inuit Woman: Life and Legend in Art June 1995 - Feb 1996 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Inspiration: Four Decades of Sculpture by Canadian Inuit Nov 1995 - Jan 1996 Marion Scott Gallery

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Avataq Cultural Institute Montreal, QC, Canada
Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, ON, Canada