Janet
Kigusiuq, RCA

Photo: Janet Kigusiuq
Credit: Paul von Baich
Janet
Kigusiuq, RCA

Medium:

collage, drawing, printmaking, textile

Artistic Community:

Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), NU

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.


1926

Date of Death:

Artists may have multiple dates of death listed as a result of when and where they passed away. Similar to date of birth, an artist may have passed away outside of a community centre or in another community resulting in different dates being recorded.

2005

Work

Biography

Janet Kigusiuq was a multidisciplinary artist born in 1926 at Putuqsuqniq in the Back River region, NU. She began her artistic practice In the mid 1960s in Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake). Kigusiuq experimented with many different mediums including drawing, print, textiles, wall hangings and collage. As her career progressed Kigusiuq incorporated more colour and greater abstraction into her works. Kigusiuq’s works are found among numerous prominent collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Her art has been featured twice on the cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly and she was elected as a Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2002.View Long Biography and Citations

Publications

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Title Year Author
Collecting Guide Fall 2017 Inuit Art Quarterly
Earth Songs, Moon Dreams: Paintings by American Indian Women 2013 Patricia Janis Broder
The Urge to Abstraction: The Graphic Art of Janet Kigusiuq 2008 Cynthia Waye

Exhibitions

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Name Year Gallery
New Lines: Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada June - Oct 2014 Art Gallery of Alberta
Animal Power: Images in Contemprary Inuit Art Apr - June 2013 Marion Scott Gallery
The Urge to Abstraction: The Graphic Art of Janet Kigusiuq 2008 - Jan 2009 Museum of Inuit Art

Achievements

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Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Fall 2017 Inuit Art Foundation
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Fall 2007 Inuit Art Foundation
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 2002 Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Guelph Guelph, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada

Edit History

January 30, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
September 12, 2017 Created by: Inuit Art Foundation