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Niviaxie, ᓂᕕᐊᓯ

Settlement: Cape Dorset / Kinngait

(1909-1959) — E7-1077

Niviaxie (also known as Niviaksiak) was a renowned sculptor and graphic artist particularly recognized for his carved depictions of polar bears. 

A dozen of Niviaxie's drawings were translated into prints for the 1959 and 1960 Cape Dorset collections. Three print images were produced by Niviaxie's widow Kunu before her death in 1966. Two sons, Kiatshuk and Pitseolak Niviaqsi, have become printmakers and carvers; Pitseolak has created images for prints as well.

*Alternative birth year as 1918.


Exhibitions

  • 1987 Eskimo Art, Franz Bader Gallery
  • A New Day Dawning: Early Cape Dorset Prints, University of Michigan
  • Arctic Spirit 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art, Frye Art Museum
  • ART ESKIMO, Galerie de France
  • Art/Facts, McMaster Art Gallery
  • Cape Dorset, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Cape Dorset - Selected Sculpture from the Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *59, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *60, (annual collection)
  • Contemporary Canadian Eskimo Art, Gimpel Fils
  • Eskimo Art, Queens Museum
  • Graphic Art by Eskimos of Canada: Second Collection, Cultural Affairs Division, Department of External Affairs, Canada
  • Inuit Art From the Glenbow Collection, Glenbow Museum
  • Inuit Graphics and Drawings from 1959-1990, Arctic Artistry
  • Inuit Images in Transition, Augusta Savage Gallery, University of Massachusetts
  • Inuit Sculpture from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Power, University of Michigan Museum of Art
  • Sculpture/Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic, Canadian Eskimo Arts Council
  • Spoken in Stone: an exhibition of Inuit Art, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
  • The Art of the Eskimo, Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University
  • The Cape Dorset Print, Presented at Rideau Hall by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
  • The Inuit Print/L'estampe inuit, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and the National Museum of Man
  • The Swinton Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • We Lived by Animals/Nous Vivions des Animaux, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in cooperation with the Department of External Affairs

Collections

  • Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston
  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria
  • 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
  • Cultural Affairs Division, Department of External Affairs Canada, Ottawa
  • Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City
  • Glenbow Museum, Calgary
  • London Regional Art Gallery, London
  • McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
  • Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal
  • Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton
  • Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
  • Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Publications

  • A COLLECTOR'S POINT OF VIEW., Author: Harris, James, Publication: New York, N.Y. : ARTS AND CULTURE OF THE NORTH 1(1):2, November. (1976)
  • SAM NASHALIETOOK [SIC], Author: Inuit Galerie, Publication: Mannheim, Federal Republic of Germany, Inuit Galerie (1986)

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
ARCTIC GULLS 2012-04 (April 2012)
BEAR HUNTER ON SEA ICE 2009-11 (November 2009)
CARIBOU AND YOUNG 2018-11 (November 2018)
CARIBOU WINTER LIGHT 2018-11 (November 2018)
CHAR FISHERMAN 2018-05 (May 2018)
CHAR FISHERMEN 2010-11 (November 2010)
ESKIMO SUMMER TENT 2009-11 (November 2009)
ESKIMOS FISHING THROUGH ICE 2009-11 (November 2009)
ESKIMOS FISHING THROUGH ICE 2009-04 (April 2009)
HUNTER CARRYING A CUB 2009-11 (November 2009)
HUNTER WITH BEAR 2014-06 (June 2014)
MAN HUNTING AT A SEAL HOLE IN THE ICE 2009-11 (November 2009)
MOTHER WITH CHILD 2008-04 (April 2008)
POLAR BEAR AND CUB IN ICE 2014-06 (June 2014)
PREGNANT SEDNA 2008-11 (November 2008)
SEDNA 2009-11 (November 2009)
SLED AND SEAL CACHED ON SNOW BLOCKS 2019-03 (March 2019)
SNOW HOUSE BUILDERS 2014-11 (November 2014)
STANDING MAN 2010-11 (November 2010)
STANDING WOMAN 2009-11 (November 2009)
THE ARCHER 2014-11 (November 2014)
TWO BEARS HUNTING 2019-05 (May 2019)

Recent Auction Results

TWO BEARS HUNTING
Estimate: 6,000 — 9,000
Sold: May 2019 — Sold For: $5,760
SLED AND SEAL CACHED ON SNOW BLOCKS
Estimate: 1,500 — 2,500
Sold: Mar 2019 — Sold For: $1,560
CARIBOU AND YOUNG
Estimate: 5,000 — 7,000
Sold: Nov 2018 — Sold For: $7,200
CARIBOU WINTER LIGHT
Estimate: 6,000 — 9,000
Sold: Nov 2018 — Sold For: $15,600
CHAR FISHERMAN
Estimate: 4,000 — 6,000
Sold: May 2018 — Sold For: $4,080
TWO BEARS HUNTING
Estimate: 6,000 — 9,000
Sold: Nov 2015 — Sold For: $6,000

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