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Ruben, David

 Born:  May 10, 1950       Male       W3-1119

       Place of Birth:  Paulatuk

       Resides:  Toronto

       Sculpture, Drawings, Prints, Paintings

        In 1998 David became the first Inuit artist to be appointed to the prestigious

        Sculpture Society of Canada                                                                   

 

       EXHIBITIONS:

       1974                                   British Columbia Nephrite Jade Show

                                                   Dallas Trade Show                                

                                                   Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

                                                   (tour)

       July 1975                            International Group Show

                                                   Vancouver Art Gallery                            

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

       June - July 1977                Group Exhibition

                                                   Brackendale Art Gallery                          

                                                   Brackendale, British Columbia

       July 1979 - May 1980       Inuit Art in the 1970s

                                                   Department of Indian Affairs                     

                                                   and Northern Development, and the                

                                                   Agnes Etherington Art Centre                     

                                                   Kingston, Ontario

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       October 1979                    Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterwork

                                                   Exhibitors of the Canadian Arctic                

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       January - February 1980  Inuit Master Artists of the 1970s

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

 

       October - Nov 1981          The Inuit Sea Goddess

                                                   Surrey Art Gallery,                              

                                                   (organized to complement the Musee               

                                                   des beaux-arts de Montreal exhibit               

                                                   of the same name)                                

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       September 1982               Works by Abraham Anghik, David Ruben

                                                   Piqtoukun and Stefanie Ham                       

                                                   Gallery Quan                                     

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       January 1983                     The Face of the Inuit

                                                   The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art                 

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       Feb 1984 - June 1986     Arctic Vision: Art of the Canadian Inuit

                                                   Department of Indian Affairs and                 

                                                   Northern Development and Canadian                

                                                   Arctic Producers                                  

                                                   Ottawa, Ontario

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       March - June 1984            The Oral Tradition

                                                   National Museum of Man                           

                                                   Ottawa, Ontario

       1985 - 1986                       Sanaugasi Takujaksat: A Travelling

                                                   Celebration of Inuit Sculpture                   

                       amp;nbsp;                            Presented by Canadian Arctic Producers           

                                                   Ltd., with the assistance of                     

                                                   Indian and Northern Affairs Canada,              

                                                   Ottawa                                           

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated brochure)

       June 1986                          New Beginnings: a celebration of Native

                                                   expression at the first Native Business          

                                                   Summit                                           

                                                   Metro Toronto Convention Centre                  

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

 

 

      August - November 1986  Die Kunst aus der Arktis

                                                   presented by Inuit Galerie                        

                                                   Mannheim, Germany

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       July - September 1987     Paulatuk: Mythology in Stone and Photographs

                                                   Prince of Wales Northern                         

                                                   Heritage Centre                                  

                                                   Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

                                                   (catalogue)

       1988                                   The Storytellers: Sculptures by David

                                                   Ruben Piqtoukun, Photographs by Tom Skudra       

                                                   The Koffler Gallery                              

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       January - March 1989       Out of Tradition:

                                                   Abraham Anghik/David Ruben Piqtoukun             

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       June 1989                          Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition

                                                   of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks                

                                                   Presented by the Amway Corporation               

                                                   at the United Nations General Assembly           

                                                   New York, New York, U.S.A.

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       July 1989                            The Great Northern Arts Festival

                                                   held in Inuvik                                   

                                                   Northwest Territories

       January - Sep 1990          Arctic Mirror

                                                   Canadian Museum of Civilization                  

                                                   Hull, Quebec

 

       June - July 1991                Visions of Power

                                                   presented by the Earth Spirit Festival at        

                                                   York Quay Gallery and Leo Kamen Gallery          

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       June - September 1991   Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture

                                                   Exhibition (second exhibition)                   

                                                   Vancouver Inuit Art Society                      

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

       Sep - Nov 1991                 Masters of Myth

                                                   Art Space Gallery                                

                                                   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

       January - March 1992       Images of Influence:  Contemporary Inuit Art

                                                   Surrey Art Gallery                               

                                                   Surrey, British Columbia

       June - October 1992         Nouveau Territoires...

                                                   350/500 Ans Apres, Presented at les maisons      

                                                   de la culture Cote-des-Neiges, Notre-Dame-       

                                                   de-Grace, and Rosemont-Petite Patrie             

                                                   Montreal Recreation and Community                

                                                   Development Service and les Ateliers             

                                                   Visions Planetaire                               

                                                   Montreal, Quebec

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       Nov 1992 - Jan 1993        Borealis: Inuit Images of Man and Animals

                                                   Freeport Art Museum and Cultural Centre          

                                                   Freeport, Illinois

       April - July 1993                Multiple Realities: Inuit Images of

                                                   Shamanic Transformation                          

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (illustrated brochure)

 

       Nov 1993 - March 1994   The Inuit Imagination

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

       October 1994                    Sculpture of the Inuit:

                                                   Major Works by the Masters of Stone              

                                                   Maslak McLeod Canadian Art                       

                                                   Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.

       March - July 1995              Immaginario Inuit

                                                   Arte e cultura degli esquimesi canadesi          

                                                   Galleria d'Arte Moderna                           

                                                   e Contemporanea                                  

                                                   Verona, Italy

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       May - September 1995    Keeping Our Stories Alive:

                                                   An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts              

                                                   from Dene and Inuit of Canada                     

                                                   Institute of American Indian Arts Museum         

                                                   Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       October - Dec 1995          The Next Generation

                                                   Orca Aart Gallery                                

                                                   Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

                                                   (illustrated brochure)

       SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

       1973                                   David Ruben Piqtoukun

                                                   Arctic Arts Ltd.                                 

                                                   Edmonton, Alberta

       1974                                   David Ruben Piqtoukun

                                                   Gallery of British Columbia Arts                 

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

 

       1983                                   David Ruben Piqtoukun

                                                   Family Hall                                      

                                                   Inuvik, Northwest Territories

       1986                                   David Ruben Piqtoukun

                                                   Expo 1986                                        

                                                   Northwest Territories Pavilion                   

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

       COLLECTIONS:

       Amway Environmental Foundation Collection, Ada, Michigan, U.S.A.                               

       Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario  

       Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec           

       Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island  

       Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories     

       Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario      

       McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario   

       Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia                       

       Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories     

       Staatliche Museum fur Volkerkunde, Munich, West Germany       

       University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta                            

       Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba                         

       HONOURS, ACHIEVEMENTS and EVENTS:

       1975     Received a cultural grant to attend and participate in the International

                Stone Sculpture Symposium in Vancouver.

       1980     Attended the Third Eskimo Art Conference in Ottawa as guest speaker.

       1980     Appointed to the Canadian Eskimo Arts Council and served until 1983.

       1982     Travelled to Abidjan, Ivory Coast at the invitation of the Department of

                External Affairs to participate in Canada week.

 

 

       1984     Received a Canada Council Exploration Grant to stage the exhibit:

                'Paulatuk - mythology in stone and photographs'.

       1986     Carved an Inukshuk to commemorate the first Native Business Summit at the

                Toronto Covention Centre, on behalf of the Government of the Northwest

                Territories.

       1987     Commissioned to produce a folio of prints entitled 'Symbols of Survival'.

       1988     Taught carving to six Baffin sculptors at the Third Experimental

                Stone Workshop III between February 18 and 26th at the Iqaluit Jewellery

                Centre.

       1988     Produced a painting as a gift for the United Nations Education, Scientific

                and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

       1988     One of eleven artists chosen to participate in the 3rd Biennial Native

                American Fine Arts Invitational held at the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

                from October 1987 to February 1988.

       1989     Invited to participate in the "Partnership Workshops" conducted by

                the Institute of Cultural Affairs, Oaxtepec, Morelos, Mexico.

       1989     Appointed to UNESCO's Canadian Committee for the World Decade of Cultural

                Development.

       1989     Attended the opening of the "Masters of the Arctic" exhibition in New York

                City on June 5th.

       1989     Attended an artists-in-residence program at the Altos de Chavon arts centre

                in the Dominican Republic.

       1989     Commissioned to create a sculpture for Telefilm Canada headquarters.

       1993     Gave a talk at the opening of The Inuit Imagination exhibit at the Winnipeg

                Art Gallery (November 7, 1993).

 

 

       SELECTED REFERENCES:

 

           INUIT LEGENDS KEPT ALIVE IN ARTIST'S WORK OF STONE.  Winnipeg

           Free Press, January 2, 1988.

 

           MASTERS OF THE ARCTIC:  An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit

           Masterworks.  Ada, Michigan: Amway Corporation, 1989.

 

           PAULATUK ALBUM: PEOPLE OF THE '30S.  Tusaayaksat, June, 1986.

       Devine, Martha                                   

           PAULATUK EXHIBITION SHOWS SPIRIT, POWER.  Native Press, July 24,

           1987.

       Driscoll, Bernadette                             

           THE INUIT COLLECTION OF THE WINNIPEG ART GALLERY.  Canadian

           Antiques & Art Review, vol. 2, no. 17, April, 1981. pp.36-41.

       Ennis, Fred                                      

           GREAT BALLS OF FIRE!.  Ottawa : The Ottawa Sun, April 12, 1990.

       Gamble, David                                    

           'ROCKS' NOT LIKELY TO ROLL:  Alderman's Campaign to Scrap

           Sculpture Founders.  Ottawa : The Ottawa Sun, April 12, 1990.

       Goose, Wayne                                     

           RUBEN CARVING/PHOTO EXHIBIT IN YELLOWKNIFE.  Tusaayaksat,

           August, 1987.

       Hancock, Lyn                                     

           THE ARTISTS OF THE NWT.  Above & Beyond, Vol. 3, No. 1, Winter

           1990/91, pp. 37-40.

       Institute of American Indian Arts Museum         

           KEEPING OUR STORIES ALIVE:  An Exhibition of Art and Crafts from

           Dene and Inuit of Canada.  Santa Fe, N.M.: Institute of American

           Native Arts Museum, 1995.

       Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

           SCULPTURE OF THE INUIT:  Masterwork Exhibitors of the Canadian

           Arctic.  Vancouver: Inuit Gallery, 1979.

 

          Jones, Brian                                     

           ARTIST SEES TUNDRA AS A CLEANSING PROCESS.  News/North,

           July-September, 1987 (also printed in Weekender, "Piqtoukun's

           Magic Mitt").

       Jones, Gloria                                    

           SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM UNIQUE TO WEST COAST.  Monday Magazine, July

           21-27, 1975. p.9.

       Lipton, Barbara                                  

           ARCTIC VISION:  Art of the Canadian Inuit.  Ottawa : Canadian

           Arctic Producers, 1984.

       McLeod, Nancy                                    

           DAVID RUBEN PIQTOUKUN:  Sculpting a Magic Past.  Up Here, vol.

           3, no. 6, October/November, 1987. p.34.

       Noble, Sheila                                    

           DAVID RUBEN PIQTOUKUN-INUIT ARTIST:  Releasing the figure in the

           stone.  Intercom, December 1988. pp.1-2.

       Piqtoukin, David Ruben                           

           TRIP TO ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST, AFRICA.  Inuktitut, January:19-32,

           1983.

       Piqtoukun, David Ruben                            

           A JOURNEY TO THE IVORY COAST.  About Arts and Crafts, vol. 5,

           no. 3, 1982. pp.1-8.

       Piqtoukun, David Ruben                           

           DAVID RUBEN PIQTOUKUN:  AN INTERVIEW BY JOHN AYRE.  Inuit Art

           Quarterly: 9 (3), Fall 1994, pp. 17-22.

       Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre         

           PAULATUK:  Mythology in Stone and Photographs.  David Ruben

           Piqtoukun and Tom Skudra.  Yellowknife, N.W.T.: Prince of Wales

           Northern Heritage Centre, 1987.

       Routledge, Marie                                 

           INUIT ART IN THE 1970s/L'ART INUIT ACTUEL: 1970-79.  Kingston,

           Ont. : The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1979.

       Seagren, Ronnie                                  

           DAVID RUBEN PIQTOUKUN.  Edges: New Planetary Patterns vol. 1,

           no. 4, 1989. pp.23-25.

       Seidelman, Harold                                

           DAVID RUBEN PIQTOUKUN.  Arts & Culture of the North, vol. 5, no.

           4, Fall, 1981. pp.375-377.

       Seidelman, Harold and James Turner               

           THE INUIT IMAGINATION:  Arctic Myth and Sculpture.

           Vancouver/Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 1993.

       Sutherland, David                                

           PAULATUK:  Mythology in Stone and Photographs.  Inuit Art

           Quarterly, vol. 2, no. 4, Fall, 1987. pp.13.

       The Earth Spirit Festival                        

           VISIONS OF POWER: CONTEMPORARY ART BY FIRST NATIONS, INUIT AND

           JAPANESE CANADIANS:  Essays by Ingo Hessel, Bryce Kanbara [and]

           Alfred Young Man.  Toronto: The Earth Spirit Festival, 1991.

       Verona.   Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

           IMMAGINARIO INUIT:  ARTE E CULTURA DEGLI ESQUIMESICANADESI.

           Commune di Verona:  Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di

           Palazzo Forti, 1995.

       Vision Planetaire                                

           NOUVEAUX TERRITOIRES:  350/500 ANS APRES:  Une exposition d'art

           aborigene contemporain du Canada.  Montreal: Vision Planetaire:

           Ville de Montreal:  UNESCO, 1992.

       Wight, Darlene                                    

           OUT OF TRADITION:  Abraham Anghik / David Ruben Piqtoukun: a

           retrospective exhibition.  Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1989.