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Barnabus Arnasungaaq, ᐸᓇᐸᓯ ᐊᓇᓴᒐ

Settlement: Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq

(1924-2017) — E2-213

Alternative Names: Arnasungaaq Arnasungaaq, Barnabus Arnasungaaq, Akkanashoonark Arnasungaaq, Akkanarshoonak Arnasungaaq, Angrnasungaaq Arnasungaaq, Arnasungnaaq Arnasungaaq, Arknasungark Arnasungaaq, Akkanarshoonark , Arnasongark , Arnasungnark , Arknosongark

Born in 1924 in the Kazan River area Barnabus Arnasungaaq's work has been a major influence in his community and on the art of Keewatin. 

Although the formal community of Baker Lake came together for a variety of reasons, Barnabus, like other Inuit sculptors of the area, had a readily identifiable style that is the result of a cohesive community with a mature identity. 

He created his work from the hard black steatite of the area.  Despite this, his sculpture tends to be very tactile, with a feeling of monumentality, while at the same time emphasizing shape, colour, pattern and texture. 

"I don't know where I get my ideas, ..., because it's all in your mind. It's you that carves. I look inside myself. Sometimes, before going to bed, I examine the stone, carefully. And in the morning I know what it will be."

As an artist with 40 years of experience Barnabus had this advice for new artists: "To the new generation of Inuit carvers...I recommend this: carve the way your want, and not the way the white man tells you - remember you are an Inuk."

Barnabus was married to graphic artist and carver Fanny Arngnakik. Their sons David and Norman are carvers as well.

Accomplishments:

  • His work has been shown in over 100 group and solo shows, in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, France and Canada
  • His work is in permanent collections in, for example: the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the McMichael Canadiana Art Collection.
     

Exhibitions

  • A Family Tradition: Inuit Art from Canada's Arctic, Presented by Arctic Inuit Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • An Enduring Tradition II: Inuit Carving from the Northwest Territories, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Animals of the Arctic, Arctic Inuit Art
  • Arctic Forms - Inuit Sculpture, Arctic Inuit Art Gallery
  • Arctic Images: Major Sculptures by Canada's Leading Contemporary Eskimo (Inuit) Artists, at D/Erlien Fine Art Limited presented by Orca Aart, Chicago
  • Arctic Spirit 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art, Frye Art Museum
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie Sanguine, La Rochelle
  • Art Inuit, Galerie Saint Merri
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie Akenaton
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie Maite Aubert
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie Ombre et Lumiere
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie La Tour des Cardinaux
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at La Halle aux Bles
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Le Theatre
  • 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: Autour de la Collection de Cape Dorset 1990, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Centre Culturel Canadien
  • Art Inuit: Autour de la Collection de Cape Dorset 1991, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Le Colombier
  • Baker Lake, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Baker Lake - Drawings, Sculpture, Tapestries, Theo Waddington
  • Baker Lake Sculpture, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Baker Lake Sculpture, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • Baker Lake Sculpture, The Upstairs Gallery
  • Barnabus Akkanashoonark, Inuit Galerie
  • Barnabus Akkanashoonark, Inuit Galerie
  • Barnabus Arnasungnaaq - Recent Sculpture, Gallery One
  • Beeldhouwkunst van de Inuit (Canada), by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai, France at Amphora Finippon pvba, Sint Andries, Brugge, Belgium
  • Building on Strengths: New Inuit Art from the Collection, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Cold Stones, Warm Hearts: Inuit Art from the Northwest Territories, University of Richmond
  • Crafts from Arctic Canada/Artisanat de l'arctique canadien, Canadian Eskimo Arts Council
  • Demons and Spirits and those who wrestled with them, The Arctic Circle
  • Die Kunst aus der Arktis, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim held at Humanities and Social Sciences Research Institute, University of Siegen at Villa Waldrich
  • Drawings and Sculpture from Baker Lake, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Eskimo Carvers of Keewatin, N.W.T., Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Eskimo Fantastic Art, Gallery 111, School of Art, University of Manitoba
  • Eskimo Sculpture, Winnipeg Art Gallery presented at the Manitoba Legislative Building
  • Eskimo Sculpture (and Drawings), Waddington Galleries
  • Eskimo Sculpture: Selections from the Twomey Collection, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Espaces Inuit, Maison Hamel-Bruneau
  • Exhibition and Sale of Musk-Oxen & Bears, Cottage Craft Gifts & Fine Arts Ltd.
  • Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture Exhibition (first exhibition), Vancouver Inuit Art Society
  • Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture Exhibition (second exhibition), Vancouver Inuit Art Society
  • Hudson's Bay Company Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Images from the Arctic, Galerie D'Art Vincent
  • In Celebration, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Inspiration Four Decades of Sculpture, Marion Scott Gallery
  • INUA: 50 Works from the Cappadocia Collection of Inuit Art, McMaster Art Gallery
  • Inuit Art from the Canadian Arctic, Bayly Art Museum University of Virginia
  • Inuit Legends in Stone, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Inuit Masterworks, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Inuit Sculpture: Displayed in Conjunction with the 1991 Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection, Muscarelle Museum of Art
  • 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
  • Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts from Dene and Inuit of Canada, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
  • Keewatin Sculpture: Reflections of the Spirit, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Kunst van de Inuit Eskimo's, Gemeentelijk Kunstcentrum Huis Hellemans
  • L'art et la Matiere: Peintures au sable de Claude Durand - Sculptures d'Art Esquimaux, Conseil Municipal Le Comite d'Animation Culturelle
  • La deesse inuite de la mer/The Inuit Sea Goddess, Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal
  • Magic and Shamanism, Artspace Main/Access Gallery
  • Major/Minor, Marion Scott Gallery
  • Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks, Presented by the Amway Corporation at the United Nations General Assembly
  • Miniaturen, Inuit Galerie
  • Mythic Image, Ancestral Spirits Gallery
  • 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
  • Recent Sculpture by Barnabus Argrnasungaaq (Akkanashoonark) of Baker Lake, The Upstairs Gallery
  • Salon International Europ'art '92, presented by Galerie Saint Merri
  • Sculpture in Miniature, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Sedna: Spirit of the Sea, Feheley Fine Arts
  • Selections from the John and Mary Robertson Collection of Inuit Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre Queen's University
  • Sheokju of Cape Dorset & Eleven Sculptors of Baker Lake, Victor Waddington Gallery
  • Small Sculptures from across the Canadian Arctic, Feheley Fine Arts
  • Spirits and Dreams - Arts of the Inuit of Baker Lake, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
  • Stone Sculpture by Akkanashoonark of Baker Lake, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • Stone Sculpture of Baker Lake Eskimos, Pucker/Safrai Gallery
  • The Art of Keewatin, Arctic Artistry
  • The Coming and Going of the Shaman: Eskimo Shamanism and Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Inuit Imagination, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Jacqui and Morris Shumiatcher Collection of Inuit Art, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina
  • The Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art from the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Guelph
  • The Spirit of the Land, The Koffler Gallery
  • The Swinton Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Treasured Monument, Marion Scott Gallery
  • The World Around Me, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery
  • The Year of the Bear, The Arctic Circle
  • The Zazelenchuk Collection of Eskimo Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Tundra & Ice: Stone Images of Animals and Man, presented by Orca Aart at the Adventurers' Club
  • Uumajut: Animal Imagery in Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • [L'art inuit], Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Chapelle de la Visitation, Thonon
  • [L'art inuit], Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie des Tanneurs, Mulhouse
  • [L'art inuit], Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Les Martres-de-Veyre
  • [L'art inuit], Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Chambre de Commerce de Chateauroux
  • [L'art inuit], Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie Autre Regard, Paris
  • [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
  • [L'art inuit], Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Palais de L'Europe, Le Touquet

Collections

  • Amway Environmental Foundation Collection, Ada
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
  • Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City
  • Eskimo Museum, Churchill
  • Glenbow Museum, Calgary
  • Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet
  • Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Macmillan-Bloedel Limited, Vancouver
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
  • Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Brunswick
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife
  • Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
BEAR 2013-10 (October 2013)
BEAR ATTACKING MUSK OX 2020-03 (March 2020)
CROUCHING FIGURE 2007-11 (November 2007)
CROUCHING FIGURE WITH SNOW KNIFE 2019-12 (December 2019)
DREAMS OF MUSK OX 2018-05 (May 2018)
DRUMMER 2011-11 (November 2011)
EXCITED MAN 2018-05 (May 2018)
FATHER AND SON WRESTLING 2018-11 (November 2018)
FATHER HOLDING CHILD 2019-11 (November 2019)
FIGURE 2007-11 (November 2007)
FIGURE AND HEAD 2009-04 (April 2009)
FIGURE HOLDING CHILD 2014-11 (November 2014)
FIGURE WITH ARMS RAISED 2009-11 (November 2009)
FIGURES 2012-03 (March 2012)
FIGURES AND BIRDS 2009-11 (November 2009)
FLYING SHAMAN 2009-04 (April 2009)
HAULING A ROCK 2015-11 (November 2015)
HEAD 2019-06 (June 2019)
HUNTER 2012-11 (November 2012)
INUIT COUPLE 2008-04 (April 2008)
KNEELING FIGURE 2019-11 (November 2019)
KNEELING MAN 2016-11 (November 2016)
LARGE MUSK OX 2010-10 (October 2010)
MAN 2019-02 (February 2019)
MAN AND FISH 2013-11 (November 2013)
MAN RIDING A MUSK OX 2014-01 (January 2014)
MAN WITH ARMS RAISED 2012-05 (May 2012)
MAN WITH CLUB 2012-04 (April 2012)
MAN WITH PACK 2018-05 (May 2018)
MOTHER AND CHILD 2019-11 (November 2019)
MOTHER HOLDING CHILD 2019-11 (November 2019)
MOTHER WITH CHILD IN AMAUT 2020-06 (June 2020)
MUSK OX 2019-11 (November 2019)
MUSK OX ATTACKED BY WOLVES 2019-05 (May 2019)
MUSK OX SHAMAN TRANSFORMATION 2016-11 (November 2016)
MUSK OX TRANSFORMATION 2015-11 (November 2015)
MUSK OX WITH RAISED LEG 2019-11 (November 2019)
MUSK OX WITH RIDER 2011-11 (November 2011)
MUSK-OX 2009-11 (November 2009)
MUSKOX 2019-09 (September 2019)
POLAR BEAR EATING FISH 2014-06 (June 2014)
POLAR BEAR STANDING ON HIND LEGS 2016-06 (June 2016)
RECLINING MUSK OX 2012-04 (April 2012)
SEA CREATURE 2008-04 (April 2008)
SEATED FIGURE 2019-11 (November 2019)
SEATED MAN 2010-04 (April 2010)
SEATED WOMAN 2018-05 (May 2018)
SEDNA 2019-04 (April 2019)
SHAMAN 2018-11 (November 2018)
SHAMAN AND TWO MUSKOXEN 2019-05 (May 2019)
SHAMAN TRANSFORMATION 2013-11 (November 2013)
SHOULDER RIDE 2017-05 (May 2017)
SLEEPING FIGURE 2008-11 (November 2008)
STANDING FIGURE 2015-01 (January 2015)
STANDING INUK 2019-04 (April 2019)
STANDING MAN 2019-11 (November 2019)
STANDING POLAR BEAR 2011-11 (November 2011)
STANDING WOMAN 2014-11 (November 2014)
STANDING WOMAN WITH BUCKET 2014-11 (November 2014)
TRANSFORMATION 2011-05 (May 2011)
TWO FIGURES 2019-11 (November 2019)
TWO MUSK OXEN 2014-06 (June 2014)
WAVING MAN; MUSK OX ON BASE 2012-03 (March 2012)
WHALE TRANSFORMATION 2010-04 (April 2010)
WINGED SHAMAN 2018-05 (May 2018)
WOMAN 2007-11 (November 2007)
WOMAN AND CHILD 2007-11 (November 2007)
WOMAN WALKING INTO THE WIND 2018-05 (May 2018)
WOMAN WITH QULLIQ 2015-06 (June 2015)
WRESTLERS 2008-04 (April 2008)

Recent Auction Results

MOTHER WITH CHILD IN AMAUT
Estimate: 1,000 — 1,500
Sold: Jun 2020 — Sold For: $1,020
BEAR ATTACKING MUSK OX
Estimate: 1,000 — 1,500
Sold: Mar 2020 — Sold For: $900
CROUCHING FIGURE WITH SNOW KNIFE
Estimate: 1,500 — 2,500
Sold: Dec 2019 — Sold For: $2,160
MOTHER HOLDING CHILD
Estimate: 800 — 1,200
Sold: Nov 2019 — Sold For: $960
MUSK OX
Estimate: 1,200 — 1,800
Sold: Nov 2019 — Sold For: $2,400
MOTHER AND CHILD
Estimate: 1,200 — 1,800
Sold: Nov 2019 — Sold For: $840

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