Kiakshuk created a series of stonecuts showing scenes from daily life, like this hunting scene. His figures, both human and animal, were quirky and stylized. Taken together, they present a vivid picture of traditional life on the land.
Kiakshuk | Man and Seal, 4/50 | 1964 | Alaska on Madison
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Kiakshuk, Igloo and Dog Team, 32/50, 1961
12 1/4 x 24 in.
ex coll. Albrecht Collection of Arctic Art.
Kiakshuk excelled in depicting scenes from daily life. Here, the dog team huddles around the komatik, or sled, while the harness is neatly coiled on a pole. The igloo provides a perfect counterpoint -- cool and geometric -- to the dark animal forms of the dog team. It provides an excellent contrast to Pitseolak Ashoona's "Man Repairing a Sledge," which features the same elements.
Kiakshuk | Igloo and Dog Team, 32/50 | 1961 | Alaska on Madison
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Kiakshuk, Lumiuk and the whales, 1961
10 x 14 in.
Private Collection, Santa Fe, NM.
Mora Dianne O'Neill, et.al., Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Permanent Collection: Selected Works, (Halifax: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2002), p. 92, which described the print, "...Lumiuk and the Whales is typical of the work purchased by the southern-run co-ops of the 1960s. It is a strong graphic image depicting a pod of stylized whales passing two equally stylized hunters on the shoreline. It is [...] powerfully rendered".
Kiakshuk | Lumiuk and the whales | 1961 | Alaska on Madison
Printer: Lukta Qiatsuq, 1928-2004
This stonecut is a complete departure from Kiakshuk's scenes of daily life. The hapless goose squawks in terror, about to be fast in the owl's talons. The owl's feathers are intricately patterned, in contrast to the white snow goose, visually suggesting a struggle between the forces of light and darkness.
Kiakshuk | Owl attacking snow goose, 10/50, 1961/8 | 1961 | Alaska on Madison
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Kiakshuk, Summer Camp Scene, 5/50, 1961
22 x 28 in.
ex coll. Albrecht Collection of Arctic Art
This delightful print summarizes activities in a summer camp. Four polar bear skins are drying on a clothesline at the rear; in the front, women are drying sealskins and another polar bear skin, while the men and boys are off to hunt. Two skin tents occupy the middle ground.
Kiakshuk | Summer Camp Scene, 5/50 | 1961 | Alaska on Madison
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Kiakshuk, Kikavik and the Hunter, 18/50, 1960
23 1/2 x 28 in.
Kiakshuk drew upon his experience and old stories for the subjects of his prints. This dramatic scene includes an owl with outstretched wings (a kikavik), a hunter, and three fantastic bird spirits. At about the same time, Kenojuak Ashevak and Pitseolak Ashoona were also creating prints with fantasy spirits or demons.
Kiakshuk | Kikavik and the Hunter, 18/50 | 1960 | Alaska on Madison
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