Shop the Germaine Arnaktauyok Print Sale

Germaine Arnaktauyak. The Power of Tunniq, 12/75, 2006. 79.7cm x 63cm. $1,250, frame included in price

One of the goals of WAG-Qaumajuq is to connect our community to art in new and meaningful ways – whether that be through the exhibitions in our gallery spaces or classes in our studios.

ShopWAG offers another unique way for the public to connect with art and artists, by providing access and guidance for visitors to select artworks to bring into their homes.

This month, the Gallery Shop will highlight Inuit artist Germaine Arnaktauyok, the first time an individual artist has been featured in a sales exhibition in the Shop’s newly renovated space.

Germaine Arnaktauyok was the first Inuit artist honoured as one of the winners of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts in 2021. She was born in a camp near Igloolik, Nunavut, and her early years were spent on the land with her family, where she recalls drawing on any paper scraps she could find, including gum wrappers. At the age of nine, she was sent to a Roman Catholic residential school in Chesterfield Inlet. The only bright spot during this period was provided by a nun who was a talented painter and encouraged Germaine and three other girls to spend Saturday mornings painting and listening to music.

For over 60 years, Germaine has continued to develop artistically and professionally. She has charted her own course and created her own visual language. Throughout her career, her prints and drawings have often centred on feminine narrative and Inuit cultural tradition. This life-long interest in her own unique Inuit culture has been an inspiration to many younger artists.

Available in the Gallery Shop and online June 17, the print sale highlights a great selection of works from over the years of Germaine’s career, including artwork currently on display in Kakiniit Hivonighijotaa in WAG-Qaumajuq. In addition to artwork prints, several of Germaine’s publications are available in the Shop, including children’s books she has illustrated, a colouring book, and My Name is Arnaktauyok, which features Germaine’s unique perspective and life story alongside her artwork.

The Germaine Arnaktauyok sales exhibition begins June 17. Thanks to Darlene Coward Wight for her advice and expertise.

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One response to “Shop the Germaine Arnaktauyok Print Sale”

  1. Evelyne Lachapelle says:

    Thank you for the info!

    Am looking forward to meeting Germaine Arnaktauyok. I love her artwork and already have a few of her pieces as well as her book.

    Great news… Thanks also to Darlene Coward Wight.

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