Latcholassie Ake­suk

1919–2000 Kin­ngait, NU

Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE - Saimaiyu Ake­suk

I was never into art. I found it very bor­ing. I was tak­ing a class with Ningiukulu Teevee, and I would doo­dle and colour dur­ing class. She kept both­er­ing me and ask­ing me to get paper, so one day we went to the co-op shop to­gether and that’s when I started draw­ing. When I got home, I stared at my paper for two or three hours and didn’t know what to do. My late grand­fa­ther Latcholassie Ake­suk’s carv­ings came to my mind. He used to make his birds, so that’s what I drew. I draw them from my mind; I don’t need to look at pho­tos or books. I used to find them kind of funny be­cause I didn’t un­der­stand the con­cept of art as a kid. I al­ways think about him now, when I am do­ing my art. It seems like every time I draw there is a lit­tle bit of him there. I think a lot about my art—who in­spired me and who was an artist when I was a kid. My step-grand­fa­ther is Qavavau Man­u­mie, and I used to watch him draw­ing and colour­ing when I was younger, so I think he has in­spired me in some way too. –


Latcholassie Ake­suk Owl c. 1967 Stone 15.2 × 22.9 × 7.6 cm

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