April 26, 2019

ACI’s art book on Oviloo Tunnillie in Nunatsiaq News

New online art book looks at the work of Inuit artist Oviloo Tunnillie

In a feature on the Art Canada Institute’s latest online art book, Oviloo Tunnillie: Life & Work, Nunatsiaq News highlights the contributions of pioneering Cape Dorset carver Oviloo Tunnillie (1949–2014).


Born in Kangia, one of several small camps along the coast of South Baffin Island, Oviloo Tunnillie defied convention, becoming one of the most respected Inuit artists from the Canadian Arctic and one of very few female stone carvers to achieve international fame. Her decision to become a sculptor was an indication of her independence and artistic conviction.


Read Oviloo Tunnillie: Life & Work by Darlene Coward Wight to learn more about one of Canada’s most unique artists.

Oviloo Tunnillie, This Has Touched My Life, 1991–92, serpentinite (Tatsiituq); woman, 16.7 x 9.5 x 7 cm; woman and child, 16.5 x 19.2 x 10.5 cm; man, 18.5 x 9 x 5.25 cm; car, 3 x 9.2 x 4.2 cm, signed with syllabics. Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau.

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