Louie Nigiyok (1960 – )
Holman, North West Territories, Canada
Louie Nigiyok began working as a printmaker for the print shop in 1981, at the same time as his mother, Mabel Nigiyok. He continues today as one of the foremost interpreters of drawings by other artists. In the early 1980s, he learned the stonecut technique from Harry Egotak and John Rose, and later began working with stencils when these became the preferred print form. Elsie Klengenberg, Mary K. Okheena and Mabel Nigiyok were making stencils in the early 1980s, and they needed help producing the editions of 50 prints. Nigiyok helped ink the prints, and after learning to cut the mylar stencils, undertook the entire process himself. Since 1981, Nigiyok has translated 96 drawings into prints for the annual collections.
From an interview with Louie Nigiyok by Darlene Coward Wight, Holman, November 21, 2000