Françoise Katalik Oklaga

Canadian, 1924–1991

Scene with Spirits, 1978

coloured pencil, graphite on paper

56.1 x 76.1 cm

Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from The Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation Inc.



Drawing, Inuit

Françoise Oklaga was the sister of Cape Dorset artists Pudlo and Ooshutsiak Pudlat, but she was adopted at an early age and grew up in the area of Chesterfield Inlet. In 1975 she moved to Baker Lake and was intrigued by the active art scene in the community. Over 15 years she created many original works on paper, although only a few were rendered into prints for the annual Baker Lake print collections in the 1980s. Her exuberant style features bold primary colours and figures that burst in and out of the edges of the picture plane. As in the WAG drawing, many of her works have large human faces as focal points, with various animals and hybrid creatures clustered within and around the main figures.

Sign up for e-news

Gallery Hours

  • Tuesday 11am-5pm
  • Wednesday 11am-5pm
  • Thursday 11am-5pm
  • Friday 11am-9pm
  • Saturday 11am-5pm
  • Sunday 11am-5pm
  • Closed Monday

Holiday Hours


WAG Social Media

Share This

This should be hidden