The Keewatin region
The Keewatin region lies within Nunavut, north of Churchill, Manitoba on the west coast of the Hudson Bay. It is the home of some of the most famous Inuit art communities in Canada. Baker Lake, Rankin Inlet, Arviat, formerly Eskimo Point, and Repluse Bay have produced exceptional numbers of famous artists that are part of the Canadian Art mosaic. Such great artists as John Tiktak, John Kavik, Andy Miki, John Pangnark, Peter Seevoga, Elixabeth Nutaraaluk, Lucy Tasseor, Barnabus Arnasungaaq, Miriam Qiyuk, Jessie Oonark, Victoria Mamnguqsualuk , Josiah Nuillakik, Tuna Iquliq, George Tataniq, Mark Tungilik, George Arluk, Mathew Aquigaaq, Luke Iksiktaaryuk and others have dominated the Inuit art scene since its inception in the early 1950’s. Keewatin Inuit art differs from community to community. Repulse Bay is known for its finely polished stone and ivory images, Rankin Inlet for its raw, rough and powerful unfinished carvings, Baker Lake for its beautifully black finished surfaces and Arviat for its unfinished, abstract minimalist carvings made famous by John Pangnark, Lucy Tasseor and Andy Miki. Although different in style and presentation, Keewatin works of art share the same theme – the depiction of family and traditional life style.