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RAGEE, Egevadluq

Born
Ikirasak Camp, Nunavut, 1920
Died
Cape Dorset, Nunavut, 1983
Biography synopsis
Egevadluq Ragee (Eegivudluk, Eegyvudtuk, Egyvudlo, Eegeevadluk, Eegyvudluk, Eevudlook, Eegyvadluk) was born in a small camp, Ikirasak, near Cape Dorset, in what was then the Northwest Territories. After marrying her second husband, Sakkiassie Ragee, the couple moved to Nuvudjuak and then later to Tikerak, camps near Cape Dorset. Egevadluq would often go into Cape Dorset to trade during the early years of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative, the first artistic cooperative of its kind. Sheowak and Napatchie Pootoogook, two other women artists, encouraged Ragee to start drawing, which she did along with her husband. Ragee was interested in drawing figures and birds, as well as images of the traditional life of the Inuit. Unusual for Cape Dorset artists of the period, she often shaded in large areas with small, short strokes or designs to add texture to the images. In 1967, after some of her drawings had been made into prints for the early print collections, Ragee and her family moved into Cape Dorset where she lived for the rest of her life. In the late 1970s Ragee was introduced to painting and became one of the first Inuit in Cape Dorset to work with acrylics. This lead to a solo exhibit of her acrylic works in Montreal in 1980. Along with this solo show, Ragee's work has been included in exhibitions around Canada and as far away as Jerusalem. Examples of her work are owned by a variety of museum and galleries across Canada, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the National Gallery of Canada, as well as the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. She has two children involved in the arts community in Cape Dorset, Sorosilutu Onalik, a graphic artist and carver, and Peter Ragee, a stencil-maker. Egevadluq Ragee should not be confused with Eegyvudluk Pootoogook, a carver also from Cape Dorset.
Media used
Acrylics
Drawing
Pen and Ink
Printmaking
Wax crayon
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
University of Calgary Library, AB
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
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