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Baker Lake Area (?), Nunavut, 1920
Baker Lake, Nunavut., 1998?
Biography synopsis
Inuit artist Yvonne Kanayuk (Arnakyuinak/Arnakuinak/Kunneryuk/Kanayuq) is believed to have been born in the Baker Lake area in Nunavut. Recognized for her large basalt sculptures, Kanayuk often depicted the theme of mother and child. She participated in several exhibitions throughout Canada, including the "Zazelenchuk Collection of Eskimo Art" at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 1978. Her work is in the collections of the National Museum of Man, the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, the Klamer Family Collection, and the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in Ottawa.
Media used
File & Archive locations
University of Calgary Library, AB
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
Bouchard, Marie. An Inuit Perspective - Baker Lake Sculpture: From the Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Baker Lake, Nunavut: Itsarnittarkarvik: Inuit Heritage Centre, 2000.
Canadian Eskimo Arts Council. Sculpture. Ottawa: Canadian Eskimo Arts Council, 1970.
Gillmor, Alison. "Inuit Woman: Life and Legend in Art." Inuit Art Quarterly 10 (Winter 1995): 28-29.
Spirit Wrestler Gallery. "Yvonne Kanayuq Arnakyuinak: Inuit Artist." Spirit Wrestler Gallery 1997
Winnipeg Art Gallery. The Mulders' Collection of Eskimo Sculpture. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1976.
Winnipeg Art Gallery. The Zazelenchuk Collection of Eskimo Art. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1978.

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