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William Noah, ᕕᓕᐊᒪ ᓄᐊ

Settlement: Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq

(1943) — E2-391

Alternative Names: Noah Noah, William Noah

First Name: William

Last Name: Noah

Full Name: William Noah

Name in syllabics: ᕕ ᓕᐊᒪ  ᓄᐊ

Alternative Names: Noah Noah

Date of birth: 1943

Place of birth: Baker Lake, Nunavut

Date of death: N/A

Place of death: N/A

Community / Heritage: Qamani’tuaq

Sex: Male

Disc Number: E2391

Website: N/A

Art Media: Drawing, printmaking, photography, painting, computer graphics software, pencils, acrylics, oils, digital prints, animations, video clips.

 

Bio:

William Noah was an Inuit artist born in 1944 in the Gary Lake area, Keewatin region, Nunavut. Noah is the son of Jessie Oonark, one of Baker Lake and Canada’s most distinguished artists, and brother to many accomplished artists, including Nancy Pukingrnak, Victoria Mamnguqsualuk, Janet Kigusiuq, Peggy Qablunaaq Aittauq, Mary Yuusipik Singaqti, Josiah Nuilaalik and Miriam Marealik Qiyuk.

 

From a young age, Noah’s mother encouraged him to draw. In 1963, he began to make drawings and carvings more consistently. By 1971, he began working as a printmaker.

 

Over the years, Noah explored different media. He created colourful pencil drawings, acrylics, oils, digital prints, and animations. His works depicted the Arctic landscapes and its fauna, skeletons and the internal organs of both shamans and animals.

 

From July 1978 to May 1979, Noah served as the president of the Canadian Arctic Producers. He also served as a member of the Northwest Territories Legislature from 1979 until 1982, and was twice elected as the mayor of Qamani’tuaq.

 

Noah’s works have been part of several group and solo exhibitions across Canada and the US, and are represented in art collections including that of the National Gallery in Ottawa and the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau.

 

Articles:

·       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Noah

·       https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/when_artists_draw_pay_cheques/

 

Exhibitions:

·       1972: “Baker Lake Drawings”, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

·       1973: “Baker Lake Eskimo Drawings: Six Artists”, Upstairs Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

·       1979: “Baker Lake Prints and Print Drawings”, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

·       1977 - 1982: “The Inuit Print/L'estampe inuit”, Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

·       1979 - 1984: “Shamans and Spirits: Myths and Medical Symbolism in Eskimo Art”, Arts and Learning Services Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

·       1983: “Inuit Masterworks: Selections from the Collection of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada”, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada

·       1984: “On the Land”, The Arctic Circle, Los Angeles, California, USA

·       1985: “Uumajut: Animal Imagery in Inuit Art”, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

·       1986: “Die Kunst aus der Arktis”, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany

·       1986 - 1987: “Oonark’s Family”, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

·       1988: “Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection of Inuit Art”, Canadian Guild of Craft Quebec, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

·       1988: “Building on Strengths: New Inuit Art from the Collection”, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

·       1989: “Baker Lake Prints: Retrospective, 1970-1982”, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

·       1989: “Baker Lake Print Retrospective: A Twenty Year Anniversary”, Upstairs Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

·       1991: “Sojourns to Nunavut: Contemporary Inuit Art from Canada”, Bunkamura Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

·       1991: “Sojourns to Nunavut: Contemporary Inuit Art from Canada”, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

·       1991: “Qamanittuaq: The Art of Baker Lake”, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

·       1991: “Sojourns to Nunavut: Contemporary Inuit Art from Canada”, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada

·       1991: “Inuit Drawings”, Albers Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA

·       1992 - 1993: “Drawings and Sculpture from Baker Lake”, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

·       1993: “Contemporary Inuit Drawings: The Gift Collection of Frederick and Lucy S. Herman”, University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

·       1993 - 1994: “Drawings and Sculpture from Baker Lake”, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

·       1993 - 1994: “Contemporary Inuit Drawings”, Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

·       1994: “Arctic Spirit: 35 Years of Canadian Art”, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, USA

·       1994 - 1997: “Qamanittuaq (Where the River Widens): Drawings by the Baker Lake Artists”, Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

·       1995: “Baker Lake: Uncatalogued Prints 1979-1985”, Selected Galleries, Canadian Arctic Producers

·       1995 - 1996: “Qiviuq: A Legend in Art”, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

·       2000: “Arctic Spirit: Canadian Inuit Sculpture- Boise State University - 2000”, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, USA

·       2000: “Canadian Inuit Art from Baker Lake: Selections from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. E. Daniel Albrecht”, Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

·       2002: “Bones Beneath”, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

·       2003: “Land of Ice, Hearts of Fire: Inuit Art and Culture”, University Gallery of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA

·       2004 - 2005: “The Power of Dreams”, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

·       2004 - 2005: “Looking Up: Contemporary Connections with Inuit Art”, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

·       2005: “The End of Kiviok’s Journey”, The Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada 

·       2006 - 2007: “Sanavik Impressions”, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

·       2007: “My Stories”, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

·       2007: “Art and Cold Cash”, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

·       2010: “Cultural Floe: Modern and Inuit Traditions”, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Markham, Ontario, Canada

·       2010: “William Noah”, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

·       2018 - 2019: “Jessie Oonark's Artworks: Very much alive”, La Guilde, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 

Awards:

·       1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990 - Annual Baker Lake Print Collection

 

Collections:

·       National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 

·       Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada 

·       Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, Quebec, Canada


Exhibitions

  • A Culture on Paper: Baker Lake Drawings, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • Animals of the Arctic, Canadiana Galleries
  • Arctic Spirit 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art, Frye Art Museum
  • Arctic Values '65, New Brunswick Museum with the cooperation of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs
  • Arctic Vision: Art of the Canadian Inuit, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Canadian Arctic Producers
  • Baker Lake - Uncatalogued Prints 1979-1985 A retrospective collection exhibited at selected galleries, organized by, Canadian Arctic Producers
  • Baker Lake Drawings, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Baker Lake Eskimo Drawings - Six Artists, The Upstairs Gallery
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *70, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *71, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *72, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *73, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *74, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *75, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *76, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *77, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *78, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *79, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *80, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *85, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *86, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *87, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *88, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection *90, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection (printmaker) *72, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection (printmaker) *73, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection (printmaker) *75, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection (printmaker) *76, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection (printmaker) *78, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection (printmaker) *80, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Collection (printmaker) *81, (annual collection)
  • Baker Lake Print Retrospective: A Twenty Year Anniversary, The Upstairs Gallery
  • Baker Lake Prints & Print-Drawings: 1970-1976, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Baker Lake Prints - Ten Year Retrospective, The Upstairs Gallery
  • Baker Lake Prints 1985, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • Baker Lake Prints and Print Drawings, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Baker Lake Prints: 1970 - 1982 Retrospective, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Building on Strengths: New Inuit Art from the Collection, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • 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
  • Contemporary Inuit Drawings, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
  • 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 Art, Queens Museum
  • Eskimo Fantastic Art, Gallery 111, School of Art, University of Manitoba
  • Eskimo Narrative, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Grasp Tight the Old Ways: Selections from the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • I Am Always Thinking About the Animals, Houston North Gallery
  • Inuit Art in the 1970s, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  • Inuit Art: from the collection of Maurice Yacowar, Collector's Gallery
  • Inuit Drawings, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Inuit Drawings, Albers Gallery
  • Inuit Graphics and Drawings from 1959-1990, Arctic Artistry
  • Inuit Master Artists of the 1970s, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Inuit Masterworks: Selections from the Collection of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, McMichael Canadian Collection
  • Inuit Traditions in Graphics: 1961-1987, Arctic Artistry
  • Looking South, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Magic and Shamanism, Artspace Main/Access Gallery
  • On the Land, The Arctic Circle
  • Oonark's Family, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Qamanittuaq: The Art of Baker Lake, National Gallery of Canada
  • Qamanittuaq: Where the River Widens Drawings by Baker Lake Artists, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
  • Qiviuq: A Legend in Art, Carleton University Art Gallery
  • Shamans and Spirits: Myths and Medical Symbolism in Eskimo Art, Canadian Arctic Producers and the National Museum of Man
  • Shamans and Spirits: Myths and Medical Symbolism in Eskimo Art, Arts and Learning Services Foundation (this is a duplicate of the C.A.P. and National Museum of Man exhibition of 1976-1981)
  • Sojourns to Nunavut: Contemporary Inuit Art from Canada, at Bunkamura Art Gallery, presented by the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology and The McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • Spirits and Dreams - Arts of the Inuit of Baker Lake, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
  • The Ancestors/Links Between Worlds, Minnesota Museum of Art
  • The Coming and Going of the Shaman: Eskimo Shamanism and Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Contemporary Eskimo Prints and Sculpture, Amon Carter Museum of Western Art
  • The Inuit Print/L'estampe inuit, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and the National Museum of Man
  • The Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art from the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Guelph
  • The Lindsay and Swartz Collections: New Acquisitions, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Oral Tradition, National Museum of Man
  • Uumajut: Animal Imagery in Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection of Inuit Art, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection of Inuit Art, Canadian Guild of Craft Quebec

Collections

  • Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston
  • Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth
  • Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage
  • Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor
  • Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
  • Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City
  • Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton
  • Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet
  • Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
  • Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
  • Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal
  • Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife
  • University of Alberta, Edmonton
  • University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
AUTUMN 2019-11 (November 2019)
SHAMAN FISHING 2007-04 (April 2007)
TUKTU OUT ON THE LAND 2007-04 (April 2007)
AUTUMN 2010-02 (February 2010)
BROTHER AND SISTER SLIDING DOWN HILL 2008-06 (June 2008)
CHAR 2019-04 (April 2019)
COMPOSITION (CARIBOU ON A HILL) 2008-10 (October 2008)
COMPOSITION (CIRCLE OF ANIMALS WITH HUNTER & DOG) 2008-10 (October 2008)
DREAM FISH 2019-04 (April 2019)
FAT CARIBOU 2012-03 (March 2012)
FAT CARIBOU; LIFE GIVING WATER 2014-01 (January 2014)
GREAT BULL CARIBOU 2010-12 (December 2010)
HUNTERS DAYDREAMS 2009-02 (February 2009)
IF I KILL THE LEADER WITH THE FLESHLESS LEGS, THEY WILL LEAVE US AND NOT EAT OUR PEOPLE 2012-09 (September 2012)
LIFE GIVING WATER 2012-09 (September 2012)
MUSK-OX GRAZING ON GREEN GRASS 2010-12 (December 2010)
MUSK-OX UNDER THE SUN 2012-11 (November 2012)
OOMINGMUQ, THE MUSK OX 2010-12 (December 2010)
PTARMIGANS IN THE SNOW 2018-08 (August 2018)
SHAMAN FISHING 2012-02 (February 2012)
SUMMERTIME 2010-02 (February 2010)
TEN CARIBOU HEADING NORTH 2019-11 (November 2019)
THE SKELETONED CARIBOU 2010-12 (December 2010)
THE VISION OF A MAN CUTTING SNOW BLOCKS 2017-10 (October 2017)
THE WEASEL 2010-12 (December 2010)
THE WEASEL` 2007-04 (April 2007)
TUKTU OUT IN THE LAND 2018-08 (August 2018)
WOLF MAN 2018-05 (May 2018)

Recent Auction Results

TEN CARIBOU HEADING NORTH
Estimate: 600 — 800
Sold: Nov 2019 — Sold For: $600
DREAM FISH
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Apr 2019 — Sold For: $420
CHAR
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Apr 2019 — Sold For: $480
TUKTU OUT IN THE LAND
Estimate: 200 — 300
Sold: Aug 2018 — Sold For: $132
PTARMIGANS IN THE SNOW
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Aug 2018 — Sold For: $570
WOLF MAN
Estimate: 4,000 — 6,000
Sold: May 2018 — Sold For: $7,200

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