Inuit Artists – Holman

Agnes Nanogak Goose

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Agnes Nanogak Goose and her family settled in Holman when she was fourteen years old. Through her father, who was from Nome, Alaska, and her mother, a Mackenzie Delta Inuit, she received two different cultural influences that would later feed her imagination and become the source of a rich artistic output.

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Elsie Klengenberg

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Elsie Klengenberg was one of the first artists to learn and develop the stenciling technique that is used to great effect in Holman today. She is a member of a family that is well known in the western Arctic, for historical as well as artistic reasons. Her father, Victor Ekootak), was one of the pioneer artists in the early 1960s.

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Louie Nigiyok

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

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.

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Mabel Nigiyok

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Mabel Nigiyok began learning stencil printmaking in the Holman printshop in 1981, and her work was published the following year. She has since become one of its most productive artists and printmakers, with 63 of her drawings produced as prints. She has printed 39 works, many of them her own.

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Mark Emerak

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Emerak’s first drawing was of solely a bow and arrow; Tardy encouraged him to draw more, so his next drawing was of the same bow and arrow with a very small hand. He went on to produce more than 900 drawings and 41 of these were made into prints.

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Mary Okheena

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Mary K. Okheena has worked for the Holman print shop since 1977, longer than any other artist or printer currently working. To date, 74 of her drawings have been made into prints, and she printed 36 of these herself. She has also printed 31 drawings by other artists.

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Peter Aliknak

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Peter started as a carver and started working in graphics in the 1960s. His works often depict aspects of traditional life, such as shown in “Eating Dry Fish,” which we think is his work despite the caption that names his sister, Agnes Nanogak, as the artist.

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Peter Malgokak

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Peter Malgokak was born in the Berkeley Point area, at the northernmost camp on west Victoria Island. He is the son of Malgokak and Alikamik. His brother, Joseph Kitekudlak, is also a carver. The family moved to Holman in 1966 when his father became ill.

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Peter Palvik

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Peter Palvik grew up in the Minto Inlet area. His family moved into Holman in the mid-1960s when he was old enough to go to school. His father, Albert Palvik, was active in the Co-op and community work.

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Rex Kangoak Goose

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Rex Goose is best known as a carver, but he has been active in the graphic arts at Holman since 1978. He is from a family of artists. His father, Bill Goose (1943-1989) made drawings and prints in the early 1960s, and his grandmother is the well-known artist Agnes Nanogak Goose (1925-2001). He recounts being “overwhelmed” by all the people making art when he was growing up.

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Susie Malgokak

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Susie Malgokak grew up in the Minto Inlet area. At the age of six, Malgokak, her sister, and cousin were taken by airplane to attend boarding school in Inuvik. She returned to her family’s outpost camp after a year, having learned to speak English. In 1965, the family was urged to move into the community and the children attended school the following year.

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Wayne Goose

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

One of very few Inuit Holman artists who does woodcuts, Goose chooses whimsical subjects, such as a traveler carried through the sky by geese.

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