"My early life, until the age of eight, was spent in a nomadic lifestyle, with the daily pursuit of food and shelter a never ending cycle... This background gave me cultural and spiritual ties to the Inuit way of life and a sense of spirit of place... I no longer speak my mother tongue, yet I need to do my part in carrying on the stories, cultural myths, and legends and spiritual legacy of our people... I have chosen to be a storyteller for my people through the medium of sculpture."

Abraham Anghik Ruben
Museum Exhibition Catalog,
Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2001

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Abraham Anghik Ruben, born in 1951 near Paulatuk, Nunavut, is one of Canada's foremost Inuit artists whose work in stone shows unique imagination and talent. While continuing to explore themes of spiritualism and shamanism, inspired by his great grandparents who were both legendary shamans, he has recently also chosen to portray his more immediate family and people who have made an indelible impression on him.

Personal, autobiographical, and drawing inspiration from the regained cultural identity which he had lost during his education at a residential school in Inuvik, Anghik Ruben's sculptures often express deep felt emotions and tap into universal feelings of joy, sadness, despair, and hope.

A recent solo museum exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Abraham Anghik Ruben, September 16, 2001 March 3, 2002, reveals the work of a maturing artist entering a new phase in his career. This exhibition at Images of the North, his first since the one man show at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, is particularly noteworthy and includes some of the sculptures that were shown at the museum and illustrated in the exhibition catalog.

We are delighted to be presenting an extensive collection of Anghik Ruben's work as well as offering an unusual opportunity to acquire a sculpture recently exhibited at one of the foremost museum venues for Inuit art.

ARTIST'S BIOGRAPHY

Solo Exhibitions

2001-02 Abraham Anghik Ruben, Winnipeg Art Gallery . Illustrated museum catalog

2000     Page’s Art Gallery Ketchum, Idaho

2001     Page’s Art Gallery Ketchum, Idaho

2002     Page’s Art Gallery Ketchum, Idaho

1998     Maslak‑McLeod Gallery, Santa Fe

1994     Abraham Anghik: Works in Bronze, The Isaacs/Innuit Gallery, Toronto

1991      "Spirit of my People: " Sculptures by Abraham Anghik, The Alaska Shop, New York

1981      Images for a Canadian Heritage, Vancouver

1980      Abraham Anghik ‑ New Sculptures, The Pollock Gallery, Toronto

1980     Bayard Gallery , New York

1979     The Pollock Gallery, Toronto

1978     The Pollock Gallery, Toronto

1977     The Pollock Gallery, Toronto

1976     Langlois Gallery, Yellowknife

1975     Arctic Arts Gallery, Edmonton

1974     Arctic Arts Gallery, Edmonton

1973     Arctic Arts Gallery, Edmonton

Two‑Person Exhibitions

1989 Out of Tradition: Abraham Anghik/David Ruben Piqtoukun. Illustrated museum catalogue, The Winnipeg Art Gallery

Group Exhibitions

1995      Canadian Inuit Sculpture: The Next Generation, Orca Aart Gallery, Chicago

1993     Arts from the Arctic , organized by the Canadian National Committee, Arts from the Arctic and Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife

1993     The Shaman’s Drum – Echoes of the Past, Images of the North , San Francisco

1987     Passport 87, Galiano

1987     Orcas Gallery, Salt Spring Island

1984     Images Art Gallery , Toronto

1984‑88 Arctic Vision: Art of the Canadian Inuit, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa . Tour of United States and Canada.

1983‑85 Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art of Canada, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa

1982      New Work by a New Generation, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina, Regina

1982      Recent Works by Anghik, Morrisseau, Odjig, Thomas, Gallery Quan, Toronto

1982      Works by Abraham Anghik, David Piqtoukun, Stefanie Ham, Gallery Quan, Toronto

1981      The Inuit Sea Goddess, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey

1981     Gallery Quan, Toronto

1980      Children of the Raven Gallery, Vancouver

1980        National Museum of Man, Ottawa

1979     Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

1979     The Pollock Gallery, Toronto

1978      The Coming and Going of the Shaman, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

1977     Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

1975      University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska

Public Collections

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa

Glenbow Museum, Calgary

House of Commons, Ottawa

Indian and Northern Affairs, Canada Ottawa

McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton

McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

University of Juneau, Alaska

The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Honours/Achievements

Expo 86, Banners and backdrop for NWT Pavilion performance stage, 1986

National competition for Glaxo Canadian Headquarters – 16’ limestone sculpture,

Northern Myth, Northern Legend, 1991

Manulife national sculpture competition for placement at BC Gas Building, Vancouver, 1993

Holocaust Sculpture Memorial, Holocaust Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, 2003

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