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Kakulu Sagiatuk

Settlement: Cape Dorset / Kinngait

(1940) — E7-930

Kakulu was born in 1940 on the Hudson's Bay Company's supply ship Nascopie, en route from Clyde River to Pangnirtung. At that time, her parents and older brother were members of a small group of Inuit who had traveled from south Baffin to trap and hunt furs in the northern regions of the island. Kakulu was just a small child when she moved back to the Cape Dorset area.

Kakulu began to draw in the early 1960s when the newly established co-op introduced its graphic arts program. 

Kakulu's mother Ikayukta was also one of the early contributors to the annual print collections from Cape Dorset. Her older brother was Qavaroak Tunnillie, a prolific and talented sculptor.  Kakulu's husband Saggiaktok, was a printmaker in the Cape Dorset stonecut studio. He would frequently proof and edition those images by Kakulu which had been chosen for stonecut prints. 

ARTIST STATEMENT:
"Because I am not very old, I don't usually draw in the old ways, but in my mind I would like to. Because I am not very old, I don't really remember. I was born on a ship, the Nascopie, when my parents were travelling around Baffin Island. I don't remember much about those early years, but I have one memory of being taken by canoe from the ship to the land by a white man.


Exhibitions

  • 4th National Burnaby Print Show, Burnaby Art Society
  • Art Inuit: Autour de la Collection de Cape Dorset 1991, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Le Colombier
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *66, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *70, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *71, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *74, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *76, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *77, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *78, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *79, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *80, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *81, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *82, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *83, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *84, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *86, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *87, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *89, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *94, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *95, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Revisited, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • Cape Dorset Revisited - a collection of previously unreleased prints, exhibited at selected commercial galleries, organized by, West Baffin Eskimo Co-op
  • Eskimo Games: Graphics and Sculpture/ Giuochi Eschimesi: grafiche e sculture, National Gallery of Modern Art
  • Graphic Art by Eskimos of Canada: First Collection, Cultural Affairs Division, Department of External Affairs, Canada
  • In Cape Dorset We Do It This Way: Three Decades of Inuit Printmaking, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • Inuit Music in Art: Singing and Dancing and Playing, Feheley Fine Arts
  • Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts from Dene and Inuit of Canada, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
  • Sculpture Inuit 25 Years After, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • The Contemporary Eskimo Prints and Sculpture, Amon Carter Museum of Western Art
  • We Lived by Animals/Nous Vivions des Animaux, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in cooperation with the Department of External Affairs
  • Women of the North: An Exhibition of art by Inuit Women of the Canadian Arctic, Marion Scott Gallery

Collections

  • Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth
  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria
  • Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
  • McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
  • Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
  • Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife
  • Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
  • University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
AT OUR WINTER HOME 2017-03 (March 2017)
BIRD 2008-11 (November 2008)
CARIBOU 2011-11 (November 2011)
CONVERSATION 2014-09 (September 2014)
DISTURBED WHILE NESTING 2011-01 (January 2011)
FAMILY MEMBERS RETURN 2008-04 (April 2008)
GREETING MOTHER 2016-09 (September 2016)
IGLOO 2008-10 (October 2008)
IMAGINARY VISION 2019-03 (March 2019)
NEAQUGARSIIT 2020-06 (June 2020)
NEW AMAUTI 2011-09 (September 2011)
REFLECTED VISION 2020-01 (January 2020)
REFLECTED VISIONS 2013-02 (February 2013)
SEALS AND BIRDS 2018-09 (September 2018)
THE ANIMALS COME TOGETHER 2019-06 (June 2019)
THE CLOTHING I MAKE 2010-10 (October 2010)
TIMIARASAIT 2009-04 (April 2009)
VISION AT NUWATA 2008-10 (October 2008)
VISION QUEST 2010-08 (August 2010)
WAITING FOR CARIBOU 2018-09 (September 2018)
WAITING FOR THE YOUNG ONES 2016-08 (August 2016)
WALRUS PERCH 2017-03 (March 2017)
YOUNG FAMILY 2017-08 (August 2017)
YOUNG FAMILY;YOUNG HUNTER 2007-04 (April 2007)

Recent Auction Results

NEAQUGARSIIT
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Jun 2020 — Sold For: $276
REFLECTED VISION
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Jan 2020 — Sold For: $252
REFLECTED VISION
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Sep 2019 — Sold For: $180
THE ANIMALS COME TOGETHER
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Jun 2019 — Sold For: $240
IMAGINARY VISION
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Mar 2019 — Sold For: $228
WAITING FOR CARIBOU
Estimate: 150 — 250
Sold: Sep 2018 — Sold For: $156

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