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Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok, ᓗᓯ ᑕᓯᐅ ᑎᓯᑕ

Settlement: Eskimo Point / Arviat

(1934-2012) — E1-135

Alternative Names: Tasseor Tutsweetok Tasseor Tutsweetok, Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok, Tucksweetuk Tasseor Tutsweetok, Tasseor Tasseor Tutsweetok, Tasiuk Tasseor Tutsweetok, Tassuitnak Tasseor Tutsweetok, Tutsuituk Tasseor Tutsweetok, Tuksweettok Tasseor Tutsweetok, Tasiak Tasseor Tutsweetok

Lucy was born in 1934 at Nunaalaaq (Nunalla) in Manitoba, a trading post on the west coast of Hudson Bay, just south of what is now the Nunavut border. After the death of her father she went to live with her grandparents, moving between Nunaalaaq, Churchill and surrounding areas. Her grandfather worked for the trading posts in both communities hauling supplies by dog team or canoe. Lucy often accompanied him on these trips and cites Isumatarjuaq as one of the greatest influences on her life and her work as an artist.

Lucy began to carve stone and on occasion caribou antler in the early 1960's, shortly after her marriage and move from Kangiqlliniq (Rankin Inlet) to Aqviat (Arviat/Eskimo Point) the same year. Early carvings of arctic animals were quickly replaced by her interest in figurative work. The themes of mother and child, family and community, imbued with personal meaning, are the primary focus of her sculpture.
She cites this shift in interest as occurring largely due to childhood memories of her grandfather. A gifted storyteller, Isumatarjuaq's stories were often illustrated by a drawn shape in the sand with stones placed along the edges. This visual image echoes Lucy's style: multiple-faces or heads, often defined by flat planes and a distinct, simple use of line; seemingly small on the horizon of the single, solid stone mass from which they are carved.

Intrigued by the 'imagination' in the shape of the stone rather than direct representation she has maintained a very distinct artistic voice within a community known for its abstracted forms and minimal aesthetic. In major collections in Canada and the United States, Her work is in the collection of the National Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Inuit Cultural Institute in Kangiqlliniq.


Exhibitions

  • 3rd Salon Printemps, presented by Galerie Saint Merri
  • A Woman's Vision, Art Space Gallery
  • Arctic Spirit 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art, Frye Art Museum
  • Art Inuit, Galerie Saint Merri
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie Maite Aubert
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie Montador
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Chapelle de la Visitation
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at La Halle aux Bles
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Thonon les Bains
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Palais de l'Europe
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Le Theatre
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Palais de l'Europe
  • Art Inuit, l'Art des Esquimaux du Canada, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Maison Falleur, Cambrai
  • Art Inuit, la Sculpture des Esquimaux du Canada, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Chapelle de la Visitation, Thonon
  • Art Inuit, la Sculpture des Esquimaux du Canada, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Les Chiroux, Centre Culturel de la Wallonie, Liege
  • Art Inuit, la Sculpture des Esquimaux du Canada, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Centre d'Action Culturelle du Bassin Houllier, Lorrain, Saint Avold
  • Art Inuit, Sculpture des Esquimaux du Canada, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie La Poutre, Marseille
  • Art Inuit: Autour de la Collection de Cape Dorset 1990, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Centre Culturel Canadien
  • Art of the Eskimo: Contemporary Sculpture & Drawings from the Canadian Arctic, Gallery 100 Hudson
  • Arviat: Eskimo Point, Marion Scott Gallery
  • Beeldhouwkunst van de Inuit (Canada), by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai, France at Amphora Finippon pvba, Sint Andries, Brugge, Belgium
  • Early Eskimo Sculpture, Arctic Artistry
  • Eskimo Point, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Eskimo Point Sculpture: Stone & Bone, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • Eskimo Point/Arviat, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Eskimo Sculpture, Central Ontario Exhibition
  • Eskimo Sculpture: Selections from the Twomey Collection, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Espaces Inuit, Maison Hamel-Bruneau
  • Glaciopolis: Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Maison de Pesey
  • Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture Exhibition (first exhibition), Vancouver Inuit Art Society
  • Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture Exhibition (second exhibition), Vancouver Inuit Art Society
  • Grasp Tight the Old Ways: Selections from the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Im Schatten der Sonne: Zeitgenossische Kunst der Indianer und Eskimos in Kanada/In the Shadow of the Sun: Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art in Canada, Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • Images from the Arctic, Galerie D'Art Vincent
  • Indigena: Contemporary Native Perspectives, Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • Inspiration Four Decades of Sculpture, Marion Scott Gallery
  • Inuit Art from the Canadian Arctic, Bayly Art Museum University of Virginia
  • Inuit Art: Drawings and Recent Sculpture, National Gallery of Canada
  • Inuit Art: from the collection of Maurice Yacowar, Collector's Gallery
  • Inuit Masterworks, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Inuit Sculpture 1982, The Raven Gallery
  • Inuk, Inuit: Art et tradition chez les esquimaux d'hier et d'aujourd'hui, presented by L'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai, at Musee des Beaux-arts d'Arras
  • Kanuitpit? Kunst und Kulturen der Eskimo: Eine Auswahl aus den Museumssammlungen, Staatliches Museum fur Volkerkunde Munchen
  • Keewatin Sculpture: Reflections of the Spirit, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Kunstwerke der Inuit, Presented by CreARTion, Eppstein in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of Canadian Studies at the Hotel am Badersee
  • Les Eskimos/De Eskimo's, Studio 44 - Passage 44
  • Major/Minor, Marion Scott Gallery
  • Miniaturen, Inuit Galerie
  • Not Just a Dancing Step..., Galerie D'Art Vincent
  • Nouveau Territoires... 350/500 Ans Apres, Presented at les maisons de la culture Cote-des-Neiges, Notre-Dame- de-Grace, and Rosemont-Petite Patrie, Montreal Recreation and Community Development Service and les Ateliers Visions Planetaire
  • Our Hoods are Full, Arctic Artistry
  • Our Hoods Are Full, Arctic Artistry
  • Primitive Art from the Arctic, Arctic Artistry
  • Pure Vision: The Keewatin Spirit, Norman McKenzie Art Gallery
  • Rugged and Profound - Sculpture from Eskimo Point, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • Salon International Europ'art '92, presented by Galerie Saint Merri
  • Sculpture, Canadian Eskimo Arts Council a competition/exhibition organized as a contribution to the Centennial of the N.W.T.
  • Sculpture of the Inuit: Lorne Balshine Collection/Lou Osipov Collection/ Dr. Harry Winrob Collection, Surrey Art Gallery
  • Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterwork Exhibitors of the Canadian Arctic, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Sculpture/Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic, Canadian Eskimo Arts Council
  • The Art of Eskimo Women: in Sculpture, Prints, Wall-hangings, The Arctic Circle
  • The Mulders' Collection of Eskimo Sculpture, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Stone Sculpture of Arviat, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • The Swinton Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Treasured Monument, Marion Scott Gallery
  • Three Women of Arviat: Sculpture by Elizabeth Nutaraluk, Lucy Tasseor and Joy Halluk, The Isaacs/Innuit Gallery
  • Tundra & Ice: Stone Images of Animals and Man, presented by Orca Aart at the Adventurers' Club
  • Visions of Power, presented by the Earth Spirit Festival at York Quay Gallery and Leo Kamen Gallery
  • Women of the North: An Exhibition of art by Inuit Women of the Canadian Arctic, Marion Scott Gallery
  • [Inuit Art Exhibition], Orca Aart, presented at Neiman Marcus
  • [Inuit art], Galerie Saint Merri
  • [L'art inuit], Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Palais de l'Europe, le Touquet
  • [L'art inuit], Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at St. Marcellin

Collections

  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
  • Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City
  • Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet
  • Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
  • Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife
  • Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
A FAMILY 2007-11 (November 2007)
A GROUP OF FOUR FAMILY STUDIES 2017-05 (May 2017)
AN INUIT FAMILY 2017-06 (June 2017)
CLUSTER OF FACES 2015-06 (June 2015)
COMMUNITY 2012-04 (April 2012)
FACES 2017-03 (March 2017)
FACES OF MY PEOPLE 2017-03 (March 2017)
FAMILY 2020-03 (March 2020)
FAMILY COMPOSITION 2017-02 (February 2017)
FAMILY GROUP 2019-01 (January 2019)
FAMILY GROUPS ON BASE CARVED WITH FACES 2017-06 (June 2017)
FAMILY OR GROUP COMPOSITION 2016-11 (November 2016)
FAMILY SCENE 2017-03 (March 2017)
FIGURE 2013-03 (March 2013)
FIGURE AND CHILD 2016-06 (June 2016)
FIGURES 2019-12 (December 2019)
FOUR FACES 2009-11 (November 2009)
GATHERING 2019-11 (November 2019)
HOODED FIGURE 2007-11 (November 2007)
INUIT FAMILY 2012-04 (April 2012)
LARGE CARVING WITH FACES 2009-11 (November 2009)
LAUGHING 2017-11 (November 2017)
MOTHER & CHILD 2009-03 (March 2009)
MOTHER AND CHILD 2019-12 (December 2019)
MOTHER AND CHILDREN 2007-11 (November 2007)
MOTHER AND HER CHILDREN 2017-05 (May 2017)
MOTHER HOLDING CHILD 2015-11 (November 2015)
MOTHER SURROUNDED BY HER CHILDREN 2015-11 (November 2015)
MOTHER WITH CHILD IN AMAUT 2015-11 (November 2015)
MOTHER WITH CHILDREN 2019-04 (April 2019)
MOTHER WITH TWO CHILDREN 2016-11 (November 2016)
PEOPLE 2013-02 (February 2013)
PRIMATIVE HEADS ON ROCKS 2011-02 (February 2011)
PRIMITIVE FACES 2011-03 (March 2011)
SMALL FIGURE 2013-03 (March 2013)
SPIRIT FACES 2010-05 (May 2010)
STANDING FIGURE AND FACES 2013-05 (May 2013)
TWO FACES 2008-11 (November 2008)
TWO FAMILY COMPOSITIONS 2017-03 (March 2017)
UNTITLED 2010-10 (October 2010)
UNTITLED (FAMILY) 2016-08 (August 2016)
WOMAN 2008-11 (November 2008)
WOMEN AND IGLOO 2017-05 (May 2017)

Recent Auction Results

FAMILY
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Mar 2020 — Sold For: $330
FAMILY
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Feb 2020 — Sold For: $276
FAMILY
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Jan 2020 — Sold For: $510
MOTHER AND CHILD
Estimate: 1,500 — 2,500
Sold: Dec 2019 — Sold For: $1,200
FIGURES
Estimate: 400 — 600
Sold: Dec 2019 — Sold For: $660
FAMILY
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Nov 2019 — Sold For: $420

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