Bio

Puqiqnak, Uriash

       Born:  1946       Male       E4-556

       Resides:  Gjoa Haven

       Sculpture

Uriash's brother Louie Qingnaqtuq and his father-in-law Nelson Takkiruq  are well-known carvers. His sister, Mary Porter, makes wall hangings and his other brother, Leo Hummituq, is a jewellery artist.  His wife Lorraine is also an artist, as is their son Wayne.  Uriash is the Mayor of Gjoa Haven and a founding member of the Kinqunik Artists' Society.                          

 

       EXHIBITIONS:

       May 1989                           Kitikmeot

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                        

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       November 1991                Kitikmeot-Land of the Spirits

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       January - March 1992       The Arctic Project: A Photographic Exchange

                                                   Surrey Art Gallery                               

                                                   Surrey, British Columbia

       Nov - Dec 1993                 Kitikmeot: Sculpture from Gjoa Haven,

                                                   Taloyoak and Pelly Bay                           

                                                   Isaacs/Innuit Gallery                            

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       November - Dec 1993      The Treasured Monument

                                                   Marion Scott Gallery                             

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       May - Sep 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)

 

       HONOURS, ACHIEVEMENTS and EVENTS:

       1989     Travelled to Ottawa to meet with the Board of Directors of the Inuit Art

                Foundation, in December.

       1991     Attended Qatuujiqatgit Sanaguatit-Contemporary Carivng/Sculpting Session

                organized by the Inuit Artists' College at the Ottawa School of Art in

                April/May.

       1992     Was an instructor at the three-week carving workshop organized by the Inuit

                Artists' College at the Ottawa School of Art in August.

       1993     Was featured in the video "Keeping Our Stories Alive: The Sculpture of

                Canada's Inuit" produced by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

       1993     Taught a one week sculpture workshop to non-Inuit students at the Ottawa

                School of Art, July 1993.  The workshop was co-taught by Pitseolak Niviaqsi,

                and marks the first time that Inuit sculptors have been employed as

                professional instuctors at a southern art school.

 

       SELECTED REFERENCES:

       Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

           KITIKMEOT.  Vancouver: Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, 1989.

       Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

           KITIKMEOT: LAND OF THE SPIRITS.  Vancouver : Inuit Gallery of

           Vancouver, 1991.

       Marion Scott Gallery                             

           THE TREASURED MONUMENT:  An Exhibition of Small-scale Inuit

           Sculpture.  Vancouver:  Marion Scott Gallery, 1993.

       Millard, Peter                                   

           THE ARTISTS SPEAK.  Inuit Art Quarterly, vol. 7, no. 3,

           summer/fall 1992, pp. 16-21.

       Mitchell, Marybelle                              

           SEVEN ARTISTS IN OTTAWA.  Inuit Art Quarterly, 6(3) Summer 1991:

           6-17.

 

       Svensson, Tom G.                                 

           ETHNIC ART IN THE NORTHERN FOURTH WORLD:  THE NETSILIK.  in:

           ETUDES INUIT STUDIES, Vol. 19, No.1, pp. 69-102, 1995.

      (c) Inuit Art Section, INAC 1995