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Kakulu Saggiaktok

Kakulu Saggiaktok
Please join us for the Artist Reception on
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Canada House Gallery is the official host gallery for the 2017 Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection. As such, we will have editions 1 & 3 of each print.

We are accepting reservations today - call us at 1-800-419-1298 with your choices!

The official release is Saturday, October, 21, 2017.

"On a recent trip to Cape Dorset, I sat down with the artists and printmakers of Kinngait Studios in hopes of learning more about the inspirations and processes behind their work in the 58th Annual Print Collection.

I quickly learned that their artwork goes beyond aesthetics. Unlike many Southern artists, the artists from this picturesque hamlet in Nunavut seldom receive formal training in studio arts, so their artistic practices are largely informed by mentorship and collaborations with the community.

The resulting prints simultaneously embody tradition and contemporaneity, creating a captivating visual record of both history and present day culture of Kinngait."

  • Claire Foussard, excerpted from the 2017 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection catalogue

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More work available from the artist
Return to 2017 Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection exhibition page

etching, aquatint
31" x 34"
Artist Studio
$ 800

etching, aquatint
31" x 34"
Artist Studio
$ 800


Kakulu Saggiaktok

Kakulu was in born 1940 on the Hudson’s Bay Company supply ship Nascopie, en route
from Clyde River to Pangnirtung. At that time, her parents and older brother were members of a small group of Inuit who travelled from south Baffin Island to trap and hunt furs in the more northern regions. Her mother was Ikayukta, a well-known graphic artist and her older brother was Qavaroak Tunnillie, a well-known and prolific sculptor.

Kakulu began to draw in the early 1960s when the newly established West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative introduced its graphic arts project. Her approach has evolved considerably over the years and she has developed a signature style that is marked by a playful yet sophisticated sense of imagery. She continues to explore her own unique expressive voice by participating in the workshops offered at Kinngait Studios.

She is married to Saggiaktok, who for many years was a printmaker in the stonecut studio. He would frequently proof and edit those images by Kakulu which had been chosen for stonecut prints. They live in Cape Dorset with their four children.

ARTIST STATEMENT: "Because I am not very old, I don't usually draw in the old ways, but in my mind I would like to. Because I am not very old, I don't really remember. I was born on a ship, the Nascopie, when my parents were travelling around Baffin Island. I don't remember much about those early years, but I have one memory of being taken by canoe from the ship to the land by a white man."

Also known as Sagiatuk, Qaquluk, Kakoolook, Kakulook.

Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, TX
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON
Canadian Museum of Civilzation, Hull, PQ
McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton, ON
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, NT
Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
University of Lethbridge Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

2017 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2016 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2014 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2011 Cape Dorset Graphics Colleion, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2007 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2006 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2005 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2004 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2002 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1997 Graphite and Stone Sculpture and Drawing: Baffin Artists in Two Mediums, Spirit Wrestler, Vancouver, BC
1997 Art by Women: An Investigation of Inuit Sculpture and Graphics, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1997 Inuit and the Sea: Canuit, Canadian Eskimo Art, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1996 - 97 Beelden uit Artica Canuit, Canadian Eskimo Art, Venray, The Netherlands
1996 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1995 Cape Dorset Revisited, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
1995 Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Arts & Crafts from the Dene & Inuit of Canada, Institute of American Indian Arts
Museum, Santa Fe, NM
1995 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1994 Cape Dorset Revisited - A Collection of Previously Unreleased Prints, West Baffin Eskimo Co-Op, Cape Dorset, NU
1994 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1992 In Cape Dorset We Do It This Way: Three Decades of Inuit Printmaking, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
1992 Women of the North: An Exhibition of the Women of the Canadian Arctic, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1991 Inuit Music in Art: Singing and Dancing and Playing, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1991 Art Inuit: Autour de la Collection de Cape Dorset 1991, l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Ville D'Avray, France
1989 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1987 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1986 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1984 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1983 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1982 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1981 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1981 Eskimo Games: Graphics and Sculpture, National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome, Italy
1980 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1979 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1978 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1977 The Contemporary Eskimo Prints and Sculpture, Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, TX
1977 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1976 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1975 - 79 We Lived by Animals, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa, ON
1974 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1973 Sculpture Inuit 25 Years After, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, PQ
1971 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1970 Graphic Art by Eskimos of Canada: First Collection, Department of External Affairs, Ottawa, ON
1970 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection
1967 4th Annual Burnaby Print Show, Burnaby Art Society, Burnaby, BC
1966 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection

1994 Gustavison, Susan J ARCTIC EXPRESSIONS: INUIT ART AND THE CANADAIN ESKIMO ARTS COUNCIL. Kleinburg, ON: McMichael Canadian Art Collection
1991 Blodgett, Jean IN CAPE DORSET WE DO IT THIS WAY: THREE DECADES OF INUIT PRINTMAKING. Kleinburg, ON: McMichael Canadian Art Collection
1974 ARTS OF THE ESKIMO: PRINTS: /Ed. By Ernst Roch. Montreal: Signum Press with Oxford University Press, Toronto
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