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Jun 17 Jul 17 '22
The Gallery Shop will highlight Inuit artist Germaine Arnaktauyok during a month-long print sale beginning June 17!

This is the first time an individual artist has been featured in a sales exhibition in the Shop’s newly renovated space.

Available in the Gallery Shop and online, 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.

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.


About the Artist

Germaine Arnaktauyok

Germaine Arnaktauyok is one of the most beloved and well-known Nunavummiut visual artists. Germaine is an Inuk printmaker, painter, and drawer, originating from the Iglulik area. Her silkscreen design, The Drummer, was chosen by the Royal Canadian Mint for the two-dollar coin to mark the birth of Nunavut in 1999.

Her images depict ceremonies, customs, legends and the lived reality of events important to Inuit culture past and present. Arnaktauyok’s rich and beautifully coloured drawings depict a kaleidoscope of her heritage, ranging from astronomy to mythology to philosophy of forgotten times. Her images interpret the oral history telling of the shamans and curiosities of how life began, the importance of a strong harmony, and respect for all forms of life on Earth. Many of her drawings involve a theme of women’s roles and traditions in Inuit culture. Her drawings have featured traditional tattoos, women’s tools, and many aspects of motherhood and creation. Germaine has a remarkable ability to transport the viewer to the cold, windswept world of the Arctic with just one look at her drawings.

Germaine Arnaktauyok was one of the 2021 winners of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. She won the Artistic Excellence Award for her 60 years of contribution to the Canadian arts landscape and her ongoing artistic explorations. She is the first Inuit artist to win this award.

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