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OKLAGA, Françoise

Coral Harbour, Nunavut, 1924
Baker Lake, Nunavut, 1991
Biography synopsis
Oklaga was adopted at an early age by a family in Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut. In 1975 she moved to Baker Lake where she became an active member of the community of artists. Oklaga often used bold primary colours to create works that focused on human faces which were surrounded by clusters of animals and hybrid creatures. In the 1980s a number of her works on paper were rendered in prints for the annual Baker Lake print collection. Her work can now be found in the collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Media used
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of Calgary Library, AB

Writings about 2011
"The Woman Who Went to the Moon." Inuktituk 70.1 (1989): 26-33.
Auger, Emily Elisabeth. The Way of Inuit Art: Aesthetics and History In and Beyond the Arctic. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2005.
Crandall, Richard C. Inuit Art: A History. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2000.
Crandall, Richard C. and Susan M. Crandall. An Annotated Bibliography of Inuit Art. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2001.
Duke, David Gordon. "Northern Lights: Inuit Art I A Group of Artists Show a Wide Range of Talent put to Paper." Vancouver Sun 24 July 2004: F1.
Gibson, Jennifer. Qiviuq: A Legend in Art. Ottawa: Carleton University Art Gallery, 1996.
Hunchuck, S. Holyck et al. Patiently I Sing: Selections from the Tyler/Brooks Collection of Inuit Art. Ottawa: Carleton University Art Gallery, 1994.
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Inuit Art Bibliography. Ottawa: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, 1992.
Jackson, Marion E. & Judith Nasby. Contemporary Inuit Drawings. Guelph, Ontario: MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, 1987.
Nasby, Judith; William Noah; Marion E. Jackson; Peter Millar. Qamanittuaq (Where the River Widens): Drawings by Baker Lake Artists From the Collection of the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. Guelph: Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, 1998.
Pelaudeix, Cécil. Art inuit: formes de l'âme et representations de l'être. Grenoble, France: Éd. de Pise, 2007.
Sanavik Co-Operative. Baker Lake 1986 Prints. Canada: Sanavik Co-Operative, 1986.
Sanavik Co-Operative. Baker Lake 1987 Prints. Canada: Sanavik Co-Operative, 1987.
Sanavik Co-Operative. Baker Lake Prints 1988. Canada: Sanavik Co-Operative, 1988.
Sanavik Co-Operative. Baker Lake Prints/Estampes 1981. Canada: Sanavik Co-Operative, 1981.
Sikkuart, Nick. Arctic Visions: Inuit Drawings From Northern Canada: 24 July - August 30, 2004. Vancouver: Marion Scott Gallery, 2004.

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