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ANGUTITOK, Irene Kataq

Bathurst Inlet, Nunavut, 1914
?, 1971
Biography synopsis
Irene Kataq Angutitok (Angutitaq/Katak/Katalaea/Katark/Katerk/Katark/Kataleae) was an Inuit sculptor who flourished in Repulse Bay (Nauujat), a small hamlet in Nunavut. Many of her works revolve around Christian biblical stories, which she was encouraged to carve by Father Bernie Franzen. Other sculptures, primarily carved from whalebone, depict standing lone female figures. Angutitok's sculptures have been presented in many exhibitions throughout Canada, and her works are held in collections including the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. In 2002, Angutitok's 1952 walrus ivory and soapstone carving, "Mary and Child", was represented on an International Canadian postage stamp specially issued for the holiday season.
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File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives

Writings about
"A Christmas Vision, Delivered by Canada Post." Canada NewsWire (22 Oct. 2002): 1.
"Aboriginal Art Christmas Stamps." Canada Post/Postes Canada (4 Nov. 2002)
AboriginArt Galleries. "Irene Kataq Angutitok (Katak; Kataleae; Katark; Kataq; Katar; Katerk)." 1995
Adamson, Arthur. "The Swinton Collection of Inuit Art." Inuit Art Quarterly 3.1 (Winter 1988): 19-20.
Bouchard, Gilbert A. "Master Fabric Workers Weave Virtuoso Statements." Edmonton Journal (8 Nov. 2002): E13.
Brandson, Lorraine E. Carved from the Land: The Eskimo Museum Collection. Churchill, Manitoba: Diocese of Churchill Hudson Bay, 1994.
Canadian Eskimo Arts Council. Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic/ La sculpture chez les Inuits: Chefs-d'oeuvre de l'Arctique canadian. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1971.
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec. Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec/Guilde canadienne des métiers d'art Québec. Montreal: Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, 1980.
Driscoll-Engelstad, Bernadette. Uumajut - Animal Imagery in Inuit Art. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1985.
Houston, Alma. Inuit Art: An Anthology. Watson & Dwyers Publishers, 1988.
Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery. The Jacqui and Morris Shumiatcher Collection of Inuit Artists. Regina, Saskatchewan: Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, 1981.
Swinton, George. Eskimo Sculpture/Sculpture esquimaude. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1965.
Swinton, George. Sculpture of the Inuit. Toronto: McLelland & Stewart, 1999.
Wight, Darlene. The Jerry Twomey Collection at the Winnipeg Art Gallery: Inuit Sculpture from the Canadian Arctic. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2003.
Winnipeg Art Gallery. Eskimo Sculpture. Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1967.
Winnipeg Art Gallery. Repulse Bay. Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1978.
Winnipeg Art Gallery. Swinton Collection of Inuit Art. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1987.
Winnipeg Art Gallery. The Abbott Collection of Inuit Art. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1980.
Winnipeg Art Gallery. The Bessie Bulman Collection. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1973.

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