Luke Anguhadluq

Luke Anguhadluq

Name:
Luke Anguhadluq (1895 – 1982)
Gender:
Male
Style:
Inuit
Region:
Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada

Luke Anguhadluq was born in 1895 near Chantrey Inlet into a group of Inuit known as the Utkuhikhalingmiut. Contact between these Inuit and white explorers, traders and missionaries during the 19th century was minimized by the inaccessibility of the Back River area. Brief visits of no more than a few hours made by the men of three Arctic expeditions had no impact on the traditional lifestyle of these inland Eskimos. In spite of increased contact between the two cultures over the next several decades, the Utkuhikhalillgmiut continued to live on the land and struggled to retain as many of their traditions as possible. In the late 1950s, however, their lives were dramatically altered by a famine, which occurred when the migratory routes of the caribou shifted away from the Back River. The famine meant the loss of many lives and the permanent abandonment of the region by the majority of the survivors, including Anguhadluq and his extended family. Most moved into or nearer established settlements. Anguhadluq had established a reputation as a great camp leader and a successful hunter. When he moved into Baker Lake in 1961, he look up a new profession as an artist, in which he expected similar success. As Jack Butler, the crafts officer at Baker Lake from 1969 to 1972, says, “Anguhadluq was a real patriarch. He assumed that if he did drawings they would be significant. He was amused that we took such an interest but not entirely amused. He expected to be respected.'”

Anguhadluq’s career as a graphic artist began in 1960, when he was 65. He may well have been encouraged to draw at this early stage in the development of the Baker Lake arts and crafts industry by the success of his cousin, Jessie Oonark. In his drawings, the ratio of the much smaller positive pictorial motif to the more expansive, negative background space represents the actual experience of the lnuit, surrounded by the vast open space of the Arctic. Almost immediately after Anguhadluq received larger sheets of drawing paper in 1970. He adjusted the figure-to-ground relationship in his imagery. Representations of human figures, animals, or an exchange between the two, were enlarged and centered on the page. The tension of the early drawings, between small pictorial motifs and the large surrounding areas of empty space, was replaced by a much more balanced interaction between the two elements.

Cynthia Cook – Inuit Art quarterly, spring 1995.

Art Work

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    'A Woman Cleaning Fish’ by Luke Anguhadluq

    A Woman Cleaning Fish

    Baker Lake 1980
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    'Boy' by Luke Anguhadluq

    Boy

    Baker Lake 1970
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    'Caribou Grazing’ by Luke Anguhadluq

    Caribou Grazing

    Baker Lake 1978
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    "Caribou Man" by Luke Anguhadluq - Inuit - Baker Lake 1982

    Caribou Man

    Baker Lake 1982
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    'Family’ by Luke Anguhadluq

    Family

    Baker Lake 1978
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    'Father and Brother Going Hunting' by Luke Anguhadluq

    Father and Brother Going Hunting

    Baker Lake 1982
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    "Fisherman and the Widow" by Luke Anguhadluq - Baker Lake 1982

    Fisherman and the Widow

    Baker Lake 1982
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    'Friendly Greeting’ by Luke Anguhadluq

    Friendly Greeting

    Baker Lake 1971
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    'Geese in September’ by Luke Anguhadluq

    Geese in September

    Baker Lake 1972
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    'Hunter and His Kayak’ by Luke Anguhadluq

    Hunter and His Kayak

    Baker Lake 1978
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    'Innakatsik, Anguhadluq, Kavik’ by Luke Anguhadluq

    Innakatsik, Anguhadluq, Kavik

    Baker Lake 1981
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    'Musk-Oxen’ by Luke Anguhadluq

    Musk-Oxen

    Baker Lake 1972
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    Sale! "Old Man Walking" by Luke Anguhadluq - Inuit - Baker Lake 1980

    Old Man Walking

    Baker Lake 1980
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    'Seagulls Chasing Fish’ by Luke Anguhadluq

    Seagulls Chasing Fish

    Baker Lake 1978
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    'Shaman Entering the Drum Dance’ by Luke Anguhadluq

    Shaman Entering the Drum Dance

    Baker Lake 1976
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    'Some Tribes of Inuit’ by Luke Anguhadluq

    Some Tribes of Inuit

    Baker Lake 1976
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    'Sunwoman’ by Luke Anguhadluq

    Sunwoman

    Baker Lake 1976
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    "The Caribou Hunt" by Luke Anguhadluq - Inuit - Baker Lake 1976

    The Caribou Hunt

    Baker Lake 1976
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    Untitled (Family and Dog) by Luke Anguhadluq

    Untitled (Family and Dog)

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    Untitled (Fish) by Luke Anguhadluq

    Untitled (Fish)

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    Untitled (Hunter and Two Caribou) by Luke Anguhadluq

    Untitled (Hunter and Two Caribou)

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    Untitled (Hunter on Sled and Dog Team)

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    Untitled (Man and Dogs) by Luke Anguhadluq

    Untitled (Man and Dogs)

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    "Young Hunter" by Luke Anguhadluq - Inuit - Baker Lake 1977

    Young Hunter

    Baker Lake 1977
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