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Levi Qumaluk

Settlement: Povungnituk / Puvirnituq

(1919-1997) — E9-843

Levi Qumaluk was born May 7, 1919 on the Kugoalu River just south of Povungnituk. As the patriarch of his influential family, Levi was one of six 
brothers who took up carving to provide needed income; he is the only one of the six to make prints. "When the Povungnituk co-op started, it was very poor. I used to contribute some of the money I had earned from my carving to help pay the co-op staff."

Levi's work focusses primarily on the Inuit struggle for survival in an extremely cold environment. Recurring themes such as mother and child 
activities, narratives of the hunt, and legends passed on by his grandfather emerge in his art. In his hands commonplace subject matter takes on a more personal and deeper significance. 

Levi started producing stonecut prints in 1962. Initially his output was sporadic but he contributed print-drawings for most of the annual 
collections since 1979. In his drawings he depicts descriptive hunting scenes and camp life, and his compositions are made more interesting 
by his flair for the manipulation of negative and positive space.

Jusi, Inukpak and Tania (the Elder) are three of Levi's brothers who were also artists.
 


Exhibitions

  • A Taste of Arctic Quebec, Marion Scott Gallery
  • Alaska Eskimo Dolls/Inuit Prints, Provincial Museum of Alberta, sponsored by the Alaska State Council on the Arts
  • An Enduring Tradition: Inuit Carving from Arctic Quebec, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Arctic Mirror, Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • Arctic Quebec Print Collection *72, (annual collection)
  • Arctic Quebec Print Collection *74, (annual collection)
  • Arctic Quebec Sculpture, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Art Inuit, Galerie Castel
  • Art Inuit, Banque Royale du Canada
  • Artists of Arctic Quebec, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Canadian Eskimo Art: a representative exhibition from the collection of Professor and Mrs. Philip Gray, Fine Arts Gallery, Montana State University
  • Contemporary Inuit Drawings, Muscarelle Museum of Art College of William and Mary
  • Eskimo Art in Northern Quebec, presented by La Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau-Quebec at "Man and His World"
  • Eskimo Carvings and Prints from the Collection of York University, Art Gallery of York University
  • Eskimo Fantastic Art, Gallery 111, School of Art, University of Manitoba
  • Heritage of the Inuit: Masterpieces of the Eskimo, Colorado Galleries of the Arts, Arapahoe Community College
  • Hudson's Bay Company Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Images from the Arctic, Galerie D'Art Vincent
  • Inuit Art from Arctic Quebec, La Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau-Quebec presented at the Canada Trade Centre
  • Inuit Graphics Through the Year: Rare Prints from the Arctic, Arctic Artistry
  • Inuit Masterworks: Selections from the Collection of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, McMichael Canadian Collection
  • Kanuitpit? Kunst und Kulturen der Eskimo: Eine Auswahl aus den Museumssammlungen, Staatliches Museum fur Volkerkunde Munchen
  • Les Inuit du Nouveau-Quebec, Musee du Quebec
  • Masterwork Sculpture 1985, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Miniaturen, Inuit Galerie
  • Mother & Child, Marion Scott Gallery
  • Mother and Child: Sculpture and Prints, Albers Gallery
  • Motherhood, Canadiana Galleries
  • Not Just a Dancing Step..., Galerie D'Art Vincent
  • Povungnituk, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Povungnituk Print Collection *62, (annual collection)
  • Povungnituk Print Collection *66, (annual collection)
  • Povungnituk Print Collection *72, (annual collection)
  • Povungnituk Print Collection *76, (annual collection)
  • Povungnituk Print Collection *77, (annual collection)
  • Povungnituk Print Collection *78, (annual collection)
  • Povungnituk Print Collection *80, (annual collection)
  • Povungnituk Print Collection *82, (annual collection)
  • Povungnituk Print Collection *83, (annual collection)
  • Povungnituk Print Collection *84, (annual collection)
  • Povungnituk Print Collection *85, (annual collection)
  • Povungnituk Print Collection *86, (annual collection)
  • Povungnituk Print Collection *87, (annual collection)
  • Prints from Povungnituk 1962-1988, Albers Gallery of Inuit Art
  • Recent Works of Levi Qumaluk: Sculpture from Arctic Quebec, Arctic Artistry
  • Sculptures Inuit du Nouveau-Quebec, Quebec 84
  • Takamit - Canadian Eskimo Art: Selections from Private Collections and the Government of Canada, Organized by La Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau-Quebec and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University
  • The Art of the Eskimo, Newman Galleries
  • The Art of the Eskimo, Newman Galleries
  • The Art of the Eskimo, Newman Galleries
  • The Bond Between Mother and Child, The Arctic Circle
  • The Early Years: Sculpture from the 50's and 60's, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • The Inuit Imagination, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Jacqui and Morris Shumiatcher Collection of Inuit Art, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina
  • The Way We Were - Traditional Eskimo Life, Snow Goose Associates
  • The Year of the Walrus, The Arctic Circle
  • Things Made by Inuit, La Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau-Quebec
  • This Is My World, Presented by Jordan Fine Arts at the Windmill Gallery
  • Treasures from Canada's Arctic, Heritage Place
  • Tundra & Ice: Stone Images of Animals and Man, presented by Orca Aart at the Adventurers' Club
  • Visions of Rare Spirit, Museum of Indian Archaeology
  • [Inuit Art Exhibition], Orca Aart, presented at Neiman Marcus
  • [Inuit Art], Juliane Galleries of Fine Art Ltd.

Collections

  • Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston
  • Amway Environmental Foundation Collection, Ada
  • Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor
  • Art Gallery of York University, Downsview
  • Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
  • Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City
  • Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
  • Musee de la civilisation, Quebec City
  • Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal
  • Musee du Quebec, Quebec City
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife
  • Red Deer and District Museum and Archives, Red Deer
  • Saputik Museum, Povungnituk
  • Toronto-Dominion Bank Collection, Toronto
  • Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg
  • York University, Toronto

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
A MOTHER PULLING CHILD FROM HER AMAUT 2009-11 (November 2009)
BIRD 2010-03 (March 2010)
CAMP SCENE 2015-10 (October 2015)
FAMILY 2011-03 (March 2011)
HAWK 2018-05 (May 2018)
HUNTER 2019-02 (February 2019)
HUNTER AND CATCH 2013-03 (March 2013)
HUNTER AND SEAL 2007-04 (April 2007)
HUNTER CARRYING FISH 2015-08 (August 2015)
HUNTER CAUGHT AN ARCTIC CHAR 2016-08 (August 2016)
HUNTER FIGHTING WALRUS 2018-08 (August 2018)
HUNTER PULLING SEAL 2017-11 (November 2017)
HUNTER UNDER A KAYAK 2011-11 (November 2011)
HUNTER WITH BEAR SKIN BAG 2019-09 (September 2019)
HUNTER WITH PELTS 2019-06 (June 2019)
HUNTER WITH SEAL 2019-03 (March 2019)
HUNTER WITH SEAL AND FOX 2015-01 (January 2015)
HUNTER WITH WALRUS 2019-12 (December 2019)
HUNTER WITH WALRUS HEAD 2020-03 (March 2020)
HUNTERS AND WALRUS 2011-03 (March 2011)
MAN LIFTING CHILD ON TO SHOULDERS 2020-06 (June 2020)
MAN WITH HEAVY PACK 2020-01 (January 2020)
MOTHER AND CHILD 2012-03 (March 2012)
MOTHER AND CHILDREN 2010-03 (March 2010)
MOTHER HOLDING CHILD 2020-03 (March 2020)
MOTHER WITH CHILD IN AMAUTIQ 2020-02 (February 2020)
OTTER EATING FISH 2010-03 (March 2010)
TRANSFORMATIONS 2012-05 (May 2012)
TYING UP A GIANT 2019-11 (November 2019)
UNTITLED (HUNTER AND SEAL) 2010-08 (August 2010)
WOMAN 2011-03 (March 2011)
WOMAN HOLDING A KUDLKK 2019-12 (December 2019)
WOMAN SHIELDING CHILD’S FACE FROM THE WIND 2017-11 (November 2017)
WOMAN WITH BOOT 2009-09 (September 2009)
WOMAN WITH CHILD MENDING A KAMIK 2018-08 (August 2018)

Recent Auction Results

MAN LIFTING CHILD ON TO SHOULDERS
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Jun 2020 — Sold For: $264
HUNTER WITH WALRUS HEAD
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Mar 2020 — Sold For: $168
MOTHER HOLDING CHILD
Estimate: 150 — 200
Sold: Mar 2020 — Sold For: $120
MOTHER WITH CHILD IN AMAUTIQ
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Feb 2020 — Sold For: $180
MAN WITH HEAVY PACK
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Jan 2020 — Sold For: $156
HUNTER WITH WALRUS
Estimate: 400 — 600
Sold: Dec 2019 — Sold For: $360

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