Ida Karpik

Artist Photo - Ida Karpik

Artist Photo – Ida Karpik

Name:
Ida Karpik (1938 – 2002)
Gender:
Female
Style:
Inuit
Region:
Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada


Ida Karpik was born on the land at a camp called Bon Accord in 1938. When she died in Pangnirtung in 2002 she had earned the respect of her own hamlet for her community work and her art. But she was also acknowledged internationally for her unique prints and drawings. Karpik left her mark on both the hamlet and arts community. She began to draw seriously in 1974 and worked for 28 years producing hundreds of original drawings on paper, showing different aspects of traditional Inuit life, birds and animals. Many of her drawings are still held in the archives at the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts in Pangnirtung.

In the early 1960s Ida Karpik and her husband, hunter, carpenter and community worker Joannasie Karpik moved from their camp Iglugaarjuk to the hamlet of Pangnirtung. Like their contemporaries in the Cumberland Sound region they wanted to be near their children who were attending school in Pangnirtung. During this period Inuit were actively engaged in community building in Pangnirtung. Joannasie Karpik served on numerous Boards including the Inuit Co-op, (where he was chairperson for six years) the Local Education Committee, Hamlet Council, Hunters and Trappers Organization, and the Anglican Vestry.

Her sister, Geela Sowdluapik is also a respected artist in Pangnirtung.

Art Work

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    'A Game' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 1997

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    'At Rest in Summer' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 1995

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    Pangnirtung 1995
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    'Family is Important' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 1994

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    Pangnirtung 1994
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    'In the Sea' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 1995

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    'Joyful Family of Owls' by Ida Karpik

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    Pangnirtung 2001
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    'Little Goose' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 1995

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    'Magnificent Bird' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2001

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    'Migrating Birds' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2002

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    'Old Inuit Tradition (Drum Dancer)' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2001

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    'Sea Spirits Playing Their Games' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2001

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    'Seals are Important Source of Food' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 1994

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    'Sleeping Caribou Hunter' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 1999

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    'Taking Flight' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2002

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    Pangnirtung 2002
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    'The Sun is Beautiful' by Ida Karpik

    The Sun is Beautiful

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    Pangnirtung 2001
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    'The Wind' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 1997

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    'Two Caribou by the Inukshuk' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2002

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    'Uluit' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2002

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    'Woman Doing Her Chores' by Ida Karpik - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2001

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