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Inuvialuit Regional Corporation: Abraham Ruben at GNAF

IRC is pleased to invite world-renowned Inuvialuit master artist Abraham Anghik Ruben to the Great Northern Arts Festival (GNAF) in Inuvik July 17 to 26.

Powerful, compelling and exquisite are a few of the words to describe the work of Abraham. In his hands, traditional Inuit subject matter have become contemporary sculptures. “I have always tried to learn from others, either Inuit or other elderly people who can pass on their knowledge of what life is about. I try to put that into my sculpture,” reflected Abraham.

During GNAF, Abraham will complete a large sculpture dedicated to the memory of a Tuktoyaktuk elder who practiced and lived the traditional Inuvialuit lifestyle in a fragile Arctic. Entitled “The Life of David Nasogaluak”, the three-dimensional piece will embody his cultural essence as a hunter, a singer and a storyteller. This is David’s story across the time to the present.

Concurrently, Abraham will fulfill his dream of sharing and passing on his professional carving techniques. He will also offer insight into marketing knowledge gained in the last 40 years of working within the industry. Artists at GNAF will be able to attend sculpture workshops and seminars where he will provide hands on instruction for carving, sculpture and design techniques. There will be talks on Inuit myths, stories, and legends linking their cultural importance to artists and their work. These include discussions on marketing and exhibition opportunities for northern artists.

Abraham recently opened his latest exhibition of sculptures, Aurora Borealis: Abraham Anghik Ruben, at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife which will run through to April 30, 2016. The exhibition follows a tour at The Rockwell Museum in New York (2014) and the Smithsonian’s prestigious National Museum of the American Indian (2012).

“IRC is pleased that Abraham is returning home to participate at the Great Northern Arts Festival this year. We first worked with him at the opening of his Smithsonian’s exhibition and recently at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. We have followed his impressive career and his desire to give back to his people,” commented Nellie Cournoyea, Chair and CEO, IRC.

For further information, contact:

Peggy Jay

Director/Beneficiary and Community Relations, IRC

Tel: 867.777.7000