Tony An­guhal­luq

b. 1970 Qa­mani’tuaq, NU

Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE - – Robert Kar­dosh

At 47, Tony An­guhal­luq is part of a gen­er­a­tion of Inuit draw­ers and print­mak­ers who are ex­tend­ing and rein­vent­ing north­ern graphic tra­di­tions. The adopted son of Luke An­guhad­luq and Mar­ion Tuu’luq, Tony’s im­ages dif­fer markedly from those artists of an ear­lier gen­er­a­tion who iso­lated in­di­vid­ual fig­ures against a blank back­ground, rather than rep­re­sent­ing the land di­rectly in their work. Tony fills the vis­ual field mak­ing the land and land­scape his di­rect and prin­ci­pal sub­ject. In his ex­u­ber­ant and enig­matic im­ages, Tony vi­su­al­izes the tree­less, hilled ter­rain and flow­ing wa­ter­ways, in and around his Qa­mani’tuaq (Baker Lake) home­town, as a se­ries of over­lap­ping ab­stract con­toured blocks of solid colour. Eschew­ing uni­form per­spec­tive and shad­ing, Tony eco­nom­i­cally uses strik­ing colour con­trasts and styl­ized lines as an al­ter­na­tive way to in­dex depth or re­ces­sion. While the con­toured north­ern land­scape is the chief fo­cus of his draw­ings, many of these works also in­clude im­ages—por­traits, re­ally—of north­ern an­i­mals and of peo­ple en­gaged in sea­sonal ac­tiv­i­ties, such as hunt­ing, fish­ing and camp­ing. Tony doc­u­ments the tra­di­tions and his­tor­i­cal ways of his peo­ple, even as he sug­gests a rhythm in hu­man ac­tiv­ity con­so­nant with the rhythms of the land that are so pow­er­fully his sub­ject.


Tony An­guhal­luq Colour­ful Moun­tain Nearby End of the Lake, at Baker Lake 2010 Coloured pen­cil, oil stick and graphite 63.5 × 90.1 cm

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