Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

(1934 - 2012)

Lucy was born in1934 at Nunaalaaq [Nunalla] in Manitoba, a trading post on the west coast of Hudson Bay, just south of what is now the Nunavut border. After the death of her father she went to live with her grandparents, moving between Nunaalaaq, Churchill and surrounding areas. Her grandfather worked for the trading posts in both communities hauling supplies by dog team or canoe. Lucy often accompanied him on these trips and cites Isumatarjuaq as one of the greatest influences on her life and her work as an artist.

Lucy began to carve stone and on occasion caribou antler in the early 1960's, shortly after her marriage and move from Kangiqlliniq [Rankin Inlet] to Aqviat [Arviat/Eskimo Point] the same year. Early carvings of arctic animals were quickly replaced by her interest in figurative work. The themes of mother and child, family and community, imbued with personal meaning, are the primary focus of her sculpture.

She cites this shift in interest as occurring largely due to childhood memories of her grandfather. A gifted storyteller, Isumatarjuaq's stories were often illustrated by a drawn shape in the sand with stones placed along the edges. This visual image echoes Lucy's style: multiple-faces or heads, often defined by flat planes and a distinct, simple use of line; seemingly small on the horizon of the single, solid stone mass from which
they are carved.

Intrigued by the 'imagination' in the shape of the stone rather than direct representation she has maintained a very distinct artistic voice within a community known for its abstracted forms and minimal aesthetic. In major collections in Canada and the United States, Her work is in the collection of the National Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Inuit Cultural Institute in Kangiqlliniq.

Lucy is currently living and working in the community of Aqviat, Nunavut.

Historical Sale Highlights

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Just Fooling Around
Allen Sapp
acrylic (20x24 in) 1975
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King of the Mountain
William Kurelek
Mixed Media (39x72.25 in) 1973
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October LOTW I
Robert Genn
Acrylic (11x14 in) 2013
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Old Wheel in Slough
Allen Sapp
acrylic (24x17.5 in) 1971
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The Batwing Sail
Walter Joseph Phillips
wood block prints (7x7.5 in) 1924
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Totems 1/7
Sorel Etrog
Bronze (14x10x10 in) 1981
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Agawa Canyon
Alexander Young Jackson
oil (32x35 in) 1940
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Houses, Winter, City Painting V
Lawren Harris
oil on canvas (42.75x50.25 in) 1920
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Farm at Birds Creek
Alfred Joseph Casson
oil on panel (12x15 in) 1965
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Black Kittens
Maud Lewis
Oil on Panel (9x11.75 in) circa 1964
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