Credit: Courtesy the artist


drawing, new media, printmaking

Artistic Community:

Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake), NU

Date of Birth:

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Based in Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake), NU, William Noah was a versatile artist who worked in many mediums, but focused primarily on prints and drawings and in his later life painting. Noah was a consistent presence in the annual Baker Lake Print catalogues, appearing in over twenty collections. Noah began his career as a printmaker in 1965 and often worked and created alongside his wife Martha in the studio. Shamanic references are a notable theme in Noah’s early work as well as scenes depicting Arctic landscapes and the animals that inhabit them. Noah was also a prominent community figure, serving as member of the Northwest Territories Legislature, president of the board of Canadian Arctic Producers, president of the Sanavik Co-operative and as mayor of Qamani'tuaq, twice. Noah's work has been exhibited in numerous shows and is held in the permanent collections of the National Gallery in Ottawa, ON, the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC, and the Government of Nunavut Collection, among many others.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
INUA Catalogue 2021
Kivalliq elder calls for cull of wolves, bears, wolverines to protect caribou April 19, 2016 Nunatsiaq News
The Exquisite Corpse Water Drawing Project 2014 Patrick Mahon, Alison Norlen, Caroline Boileau, Chris Down, Ben Reeves, Colette Urban, Sheila Butler, Sara Hartland-Rowe, Diana Thorneycroft, Sean Caulfield and William Noah


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Name Year Gallery
Jessie Oonark's Artworks: Very much alive Dec 19 2018 - May 12, 2019 La Guilde
William Noah March 2010 Feheley Fine Arts
art and cold cash Feb - Mar 2007 Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Annual Baker Lake Print Collection 1990
Annual Baker Lake Print Collection 1988
Annual Baker Lake Print Collection 1987

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada