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Tutsweetok, Lucy

Born:  1934       Female       E1-135

Place of Birth:  Nunalla, Manitoba

 Resides:  Arviat

 

"Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok was born just south of the N.W.T. border  in Nunalla, Manitoba in 1934.  After her father's death Tasseor lived with  her grandparents in and around Nunalla and Churchill.  Tasseor married Richard  Tutsweetok in Rankin Inlet in 1960, and moved to Arviat, N.W.T. soon  after.  She began carving in the early 1960s.                                        

                                                                                     Tasseor drew inspiration from the memories of sand drawings that she  and her grandfather (whom she considers to be the greatest influence on her  life) had made when she was a child.  Her sculptures, representing mothers  and     children or family groups, are carved in a semi-abstract style in which  the  human figure is rarely defined.  Tasseor works the stone very  sparingly, leaving large undulating surfaces uncarved, decorated with incised  drawings. For Tasseor, a flat stone plane has as much expressive power as a  face.     

Human subjects are suggested by faces, arms and legs that emerge from  the stone, often only along the edges of the carving.  Subtle variations in  the positioning or expression of heads and faces provide clues to   understanding the meaning of specific sculptures.  Tasseor herself assigns  very specific meanings or moods to each of her works."                                     

Ingo Hessel, from Visions of Power 1991               

 

EXHIBITIONS:

 

June - July 1970                Sculpture

Canadian Eskimo Arts Council                     

a competition/exhibition organized as a contribution to the Centennial of the  N.W.T. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

(illustrated catalogue)

 

1971 - 1973                       Sculpture/Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic Canadian Eskimo Arts Council                      Ottawa, Ontario (tour) (illustrated catalogue)

 

February - March 1972     Eskimo Sculpture: Selections from the Twomey Collection, Winnipeg Art Gallery                           Winnipeg, Manitoba (illustrated catalogue)

 

1973                                                   Eskimo Sculpture

Central Ontario Exhibition                        

Kitchener, Ontario

 

Dec 1973 - Jan 1974       Les Eskimos/De Eskimo's

Studio 44 - Passage 44                           

Brussels, Belgium (illustrated catalogue)

 

December 1975                The Art of Eskimo Women: in

Sculpture, Prints, Wall-hangings                 

The Arctic Circle                                

 Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

 

March - July 1976              The Mulders' Collection of Eskimo Sculpture

Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

Winnipeg, Manitoba

(illustrated catalogue)

 

March 1977                        Eskimo Point Sculpture: Stone & Bone, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art                 

Toronto, Ontario

 

March - April 1979            Sculpture of the Inuit: Lorne Balshine, Collection/Lou Osipov Collection/                

Dr. Harry Winrob Collection                      

Surrey Art Gallery                               

Surrey, British Columbia

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

October 1979                    Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterwork

Exhibitors of the Canadian Arctic                

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

Vancouver, British Columbia

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

July - September 1982     Eskimo Point/Arviat

Winnipeg Art Gallery                              

Winnipeg, Manitoba

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

September 1982               Eskimo Point

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

Vancouver, British Columbia

 

Oct - Nov 1982                       Inuit Sculpture 1982

The Raven Gallery                                

 Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

May 1983 - April 1985     Grasp Tight the Old Ways: Selections from the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art        

Art Gallery of Ontario                            

Toronto, Ontario

 (tour)

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

October 1985                    Our Hoods are Full

Arctic Artistry                                  

Hartsdale, New York, U.S.A.

 

October 1985                    Early Eskimo Sculpture

Arctic Artistry                                  

Hartsdale, New York, U.S.A.

 

Mar 1986 - Mar 1987       Pure Vision: The Keewatin Spirit

Norman McKenzie Art Gallery                      

Regina, Saskatchewan

 (tour)

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

July - August 1986            Keewatin Sculpture: Reflections of

the Spirit                                       

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

Vancouver, British Columbia

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

April 1987 Rugged and Profound

The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art                 

Toronto, Ontario

 (illustrated brochure)

 

Sept - Nov 1987                The Swinton Collection of Inuit Art

Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

Winnipeg, Manitoba

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

Dec 1987 - Feb 1988       Inuk, Inuit: Art et tradition chez les

esquimaux d'hier et d'aujourd'hui  presented by L'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai, at Musee des Beaux-arts d'Arras                  

Arras, France

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

October 1988                    Tundra & Ice: Stone Images of

Animals and Man  presented by Orca Aart at the                     Adventurers' Club Chicago, Illinois

 

November 1988                Primitive Art from the Arctic

Arctic Artistry                                  

Hartsdale, New York, U.S.A.

 

Nov - Dec 1988                 [Inuit Art Exhibition]

Orca Aart, presented at                          

Neiman Marcus                                    

Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

 

Nov - Dec 1988                  Art of the Eskimo: Contemporary Sculpture & Drawings from the Canadian Arctic                

Gallery 100 Hudson                               

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

 

December 1988 - 1989   Im Schatten der Sonne:Zeitgenossische Kunst der Indianer und Eskimos in Kanada/In the Shadow of the Sun:Contemporary Indian and Inuit  

Art in Canada                                    

Canadian Museum of Civilization                  

Ottawa, Ontario

 (tour)

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

February - March 1989    [L'art inuit]

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at St. Marcellin, France

 

March - April 1989            [L'art inuit]

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at Palais de l'Europe, le Touquet , France

 

August 1989                      Arviat: Eskimo Point

Marion Scott Gallery                             

Vancouver, British Columbia

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

August 1989                      Art Inuit, la Sculpture des Esquimaux du Canada                                        

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at Chapelle de la Visitation,  Thonon                                           

France

 

October 1989  Art Inuit, Sculpture des Esquimaux

du Canada

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at Galerie La Poutre, Marseille                  

France

 

December 1989                Art Inuit, la Sculpture des Esquimaux du Canada

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at Les Chiroux, Centre Culturel de la Wallonie,  

Liege                                             

Belgium

 

Dec 1989 - Apr 1990       The Stone Sculpture of Arviat

McMichael Canadian Art Collection                

Kleinburg, Ontario

 

January 1990                    Art Inuit, la Sculpture des Esquimaux du Canada

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at Centre d'Action Culturelle du Bassin          

Houllier, Lorrain, Saint Avold                   

France

 

February - March 1990    Beeldhouwkunst van de Inuit (Canada) by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai, France           

at Amphora Finippon pvba, Sint Andries,          

Brugge, Belgium          

 

March 1990         Art Inuit, l'Art des Esquimaux du Canada

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at Maison Falleur, Cambrai                       

France

 

April 1990                          Art Inuit

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at Palais de l'Europe,  Le Touquet, France

 

July 1990                           Art Inuit

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at Thonon les Bains                              

France

 

Oct - Nov 1990                  A Woman's Vision

Art Space Gallery                                

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

 

November 1990                Inuit Masterworks

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

Vancouver, British Columbia

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

November 1990                Art Inuit

Galerie Saint Merri                              

Paris, France

 

Nov - Dec 1990                 Art Inuit:  Autour de la Collection de Cape Dorset 1990                                      

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at Centre Culturel Canadien                      

Paris, France

 

Nov 1990 - Feb 1991       Espaces Inuit

Maison Hamel-Bruneau                             

Ste-Foy, Quebec

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

February - June 1991       Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture

Exhibition (first exhibition)                    

Vancouver Inuit Art Society                      

Vancouver, British Columbia

 

March - April 1991            Art Inuit

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at Le Theatre                                     

La Ciotat, France

 

April - May 1991               Art Inuit

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai          

at Palais de l'Europe                            

Le Touquet, France

 

May - June 1991               Art Inuit

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at La Halle aux Bles                             

Saint Malo, France

 

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

 

July 1991                           Art Inuit

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at Chapelle de la Visitation                      

Thonon, France

 

July - August 1991            Glaciopolis:  Art Inuit

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at Maison de Pesey                               

Les Arcs, France

 

Oct - Dec 1991                  Art Inuit

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at Galerie Maite Aubert                          

Le Havre, France

 

February - April 1992       Art Inuit

Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

at Galerie Montador                              

Dieppe, France

 

Feb - Sept 1992                Inuit Art: Drawings and Recent Sculpture

National Gallery of Canada                       

Ottawa, Ontario

 

April - May 1992                [Inuit art]

Galerie Saint Merri                              

Paris, France

 

April - May 1992               Salon International Europ'art '92

presented by Galerie Saint Merri                 

Geneva, Switzerland

 

April - October 1992         Indigena:

Contemporary Native Perspectives                 

Canadian Museum of Civilization                  

Hull, Quebec

 (tour)

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

May 1992                           Our Hoods Are Full

Arctic Artistry                                  

Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.A.

 

May - June 1992               3rd Salon Printemps

presented by Galerie Saint Merri                 

Reims, France

 

June - July 1992                Women of the North: An Exhibition of art by Inuit Women of the                     

Canadian Arctic                                  

Marion Scott Gallery                             

Vancouver, British Columbia

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

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)

 

Sept - Oct 1992                 Three Women of Arviat:  Sculpture by Elizabeth Nutaraluk, Lucy Tasseor and Joy Halluk           

The Isaacs/Innuit Gallery                        

Toronto, Ontario

 

February 1993                   Kunstwerke der Inuit

Presented by CreARTion, Eppstein                 

in conjunction with the annual meeting           

of the Association of Canadian Studies           

at the Hotel am Badersee                         

Grainau, Germany

 

Nov - Dec 1993                 The Treasured Monument

Marion Scott Gallery                             

Vancouver, British Columbia

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

1994                                   Kanuitpit? Kunst und Kulturen der Eskimo: Eine Auswahl aus den Museumssammlungen           

Staatliches Museum fur Volkerkunde               

Munchen                                          

Munich, Germany

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

July 1994                            Arctic Spirit

35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art                   

Frye Art Museum                                  

Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

 

August - October 1994     Inuit Art from the Canadian Arctic

Bayly Art Museum                                 

University of Virginia                           

Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.

 

November 1995                Inspiration

Four Decades of Sculpture                        

Marion Scott Gallery                             

Vancouver, British Columbia

 (illustrated catalogue)

 

Nov - Dec 1995                 Miniaturen

Inuit Galerie                                    

 Mannheim, Germany

 (brochure)

 

Jan - Feb 1996                 Not Just a Dancing Step...

Galerie D'Art Vincent                             

Ottawa, Ontario

(illustrated catalogue)

 

March - April 1996            Major/Minor

Marion Scott Gallery                             

Vancouver, British Columbia

 

       COLLECTIONS:

 

       Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario 

       Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec

       Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan

       College, Traverse City, Michigan, U.S.A. 

       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  

       National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

       Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife,

        Northwest Territories

       Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto,

       Ontario

       Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba   

 

HONOURS, ACHIEVEMENTS and EVENTS:

 

1973     Attended the opening of the exhibition 'Sculpture/Inuit: Masterworks

of the Canadian Arctic' in Philadelphia.

 

1988     Attended the gala opening of the new National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

 

1991     Commissioned by the Earth Spirit Festival to carve a piece for the Visions of

Power exhibition in Toronto.

 

1991     At the invitation of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Tasseor spent two

weeks in Hull carving works for the CMC exhibition "Indigena". She attended

the opening of the show in April 1992.

 

SELECTED REFERENCES:

 

IM SCHATTEN DER SONNE:  Zeitgenoessische Kunst der Indianer und Eskimos in Kanada. [In the Shadow of the Sun: Contemporary Art of the Indians and Eskimos in Canada].  Stuttgart: Edition

Cantz.  Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1988.

Adamson, Arthur                                  

THE SWINTON COLLECTION OF INUIT ART.  Inuit Art Quarterly, vol.3, no.1, Winter, 1988. pp.19-20.

Blodgett, Jean  GRASP TIGHT THE OLD WAYS:  Selections from the Klamer Family

Collection of Inuit Art.  Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1983.

Canada.  Indian and Northern Affairs             

CANADIAN INUIT SCULPTURE.  Ottawa:  Inuit Art Section, 1992. Canada.  Indian and Northern Affairs Canada      

CANADIAN INUIT SCULPTURE = LA SCULPTURE INUIT CANADIENNE.

Ottawa: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, 1988.

Canadian Eskimo Arts Council                     

SCULPTURE.  Ottawa: Canadian Eskimo Arts Council, 1970.

Canadian Eskimo Arts Council                     

SCULPTURE/INUIT:  Sculpture of the Inuit: masterworks of the Canadian Arctic = La sculpture chez les Inuit: chefs-d'oeuvre de l'Arctique canadien.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

London: Aidan Ellis Publishing, 1971.

Gagnon, Louis                                    

ESPACES INUIT:  Dessins et Sculpture.  Sainte-Foy, Quebec:

Maison Hamel-Bruneau, 1990.

Galerie d'art Vincent                            

NOT JUST A DANCING STEP = PLUS QU'UN PAS DE DANSE:  An Inuit Art

Exhibition organized by Galerie d'art Vincent, Chateau Laurier,

Ottawa, Canada = Une exposition d'art Inuit...  Ottawa:  Galerie d'art Vincent [1996].

Hessel, Ingo                                      

ARVIAT STONE SCULPTURE:  Born of the Struggle with an

Uncompromising Medium.  Inuit Art Quarterly, vol. 5, no. 1,

Winter, 1990. pp.4-15.

Hessel, Ingo                                     

LUCY TASSEOR TUTSWEETOK (1934-).  In North American Women

Artists of the Twentieth  Century:  A Biographical Dictionary/

Garland, 1995.

Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art                     

RUGGED AND PROFOUND:  Sculpture from Eskimo Point.  Toronto: The

Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art, 1987.

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

INUIT MASTERWORKS:  November 3-November 24, 1990.  Vancouver, B.

C.: Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, 1990.

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

KEEWATIN SCULPTURE; REFLECTIONS OF THE SPIRIT.  Vancouver, B.C.

: The Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, 1986.

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

SCULPTURE OF THE INUIT:  Masterwork Exhibitors of the Canadian

Arctic.  Vancouver: Inuit Gallery, 1979.

Kalluak, Mark                                    

PELTS TO STONE:  A History of Arts & Crafts Production in

Arviat.  Ottawa: Inuit Art Section, Indian and Northern Affairs

Canada, 1993.

MacMillan, Duane J.                              

PURE VISION:  THE KEEWATIN SPIRIT.  Inuit Art Quarterly, vol.1,

no.2, 1986. pp. 12.

MacMillan, Duane J.                              

PURE VISION:  THE KEEWATIN SPIRIT.  Inuit Art Quarterly, vol.1,

no.2, 1986. pp. 7.

Macduff, Alistair                                

LORDS OF THE STONE:  An Anthology of Eskimo Sculpture. / By

Alistair  Macduff. Photographs by George M. Galpin.  North

Vancouver:  Whitecap Books, 1982.

Marion Scott Gallery                             

ARVIAT:  Eskimo Point.  Vancouver: Marion Scott Ltd, 1989.

Marion Scott Gallery                             

INSPIRATION:  FOUR DECADES OF SCULPTURE BY CANADIAN INUIT:

Curated by Norman Zepp.  Vancouver:  Marion Scott Gallery [1996].

Marion Scott Gallery                             

THE TREASURED MONUMENT:  An Exhibition of Small-scale Inuit

Sculpture.  Vancouver:  Marion Scott Gallery, 1993.

Marion Scott Gallery                             

WOMEN OF THE NORTH:  AN EXHIBITION OF ART BY INUIT WOMEN OF THE

CANADIAN ARCTIC:  June 6-July 11, 1992.  Vancouver:  Marion

Scott Gallery, 1992.

Mays, John Bentley                                

NATIVE ARTISTS SEIZE THE MOMENT TO DISPLAY ANGER AGAINST

HISTORY.  Globe and Mail, May 16, 1992.  p. C14.

McMaster, Gerald & Lee-Ann Martin, eds.          

INDIGENA:  CONTEMPORARY NATIVE PERSPECTIVES.  Vancouver/Toronto:

Douglas & MacIntyre; Hull:  Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1992.

Mitchell, Marybelle                              

INDIGENA:  Perspectives of indigenous peoples on five hundred years.  Inuit Art Quarterly, vol. 7, no. 3, Summer/Fall 1992, pp. 41-43.

Musee des Beaux-Arts (Arras, France)             

INUK, INUIT:  Art et tradition chez les Esquimaux d'hier et

d'aujourd'hui.  Arras, France: Musee des Beaux-Arts, 1987.

Swinton, George                                  

  ESKIMO ART RECONSIDERED.  Artscanada, vol. 27, no. 6, December-January, 1971-72. pp.85-94.

Swinton, George                                  

SCULPTURE OF THE ESKIMO.  Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1972.

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.

Vision Planetaire                                

NOUVEAUX TERRITOIRES:  350/500 ANS APRES:  Une exposition d'art aborigene contemporain du Canada.  Montreal: Vision Planetaire:

Ville de Montreal:  UNESCO, 1992.

Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

ESKIMO POINT/ARVIAT.  Winnipeg: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1982.

Winnipeg Art Gallery                              

SWINTON COLLECTION OF INUIT ART.  Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1987.

Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

THE MULDERS' COLLECTION OF ESKIMO SCULPTURE.  Winnipeg: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1976.

Zepp, Norman                                     

PURE VISION: THE KEEWATIN SPIRIT.  Regina, Saskatchewan: Norman

MacKenzie Art Gallery, 1986.