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Passing Spirits
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Silas Qayaqjuaq

Whale Bone

8 1/4"H x 4 1/2" x 2 1/2"D

SILAS QAYAQJUAQ     (Kayakjuak; Tagornak)     E5-1324
Born : February 2, 1956
Place of Birth : Hall Beach, Nunavut
Resides : Ottawa, Ontario
Silas was born in 1956 in Hall Beach, Nunavut. He is the son of two artists, Joanisi and Martha Kayakjuak. He is trained as a construction carpenter. Silas learned to carve at an early age by watching other family members carving. He began to carve at the age of eight and produced his first serious carving when he was twelve. Natural talent, a keen eye for balance and movement in the human figure, experience of hunting and living on the land combine to give Silas’ work an appealing warmth and charm. Silas moved to Ottawa in the late 1980’s and has been carving full time ever since.  Silas’ work is in collections all over the world and has been purchased for presentation to foreign dignitaries, music conductors, and art lovers alike from all walks of life. In 2006, he was a celebrated craftsperson in the Canada Day Aboriginal Village in Major’s Hill Park, Ottawa. Silas has participated as an active animator in the Inuit Activities Area at Confederation Park during Ottawa’s Winterlude Festivals.
Expositions :
1999   Northern Rock, Contemporary Inuit Sculpture                                                        The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario.
2004-2005                   Miniatures INUIT                                                                        Chalons-en-Champagne et Paris, France
2006                            In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun : Sami and Inuit Art                  Hamilton, Ontario & Fenno-Scandinavia
2008                            National Gallery of Canada,                                                        Ottawa, Ontario
2008-2009                   Music and Dance                                                                      Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2008 –2016                 Mini-Masterworks VI,                                                                     Spirit Wrestler Gallery,  Vancouver,  B.C.
2017                            Silas Qayaqjuaq - Twenty Years of Art                                              The Snow Goose Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2018                            We’ll All Become Stories                                                              Ottawa Art Gallery/La Galerie d’art d’Ottawa
Collections :
The Eskimo Museum, Churchill, Manitoba
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Galerie Brousseau et Brousseau, Quebec City, Québec
Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec
Selected References:
Brandson, Lorraine E. Carved from the Land: The Eskimo Museum Collection. Churchill, Manitoba: Diocese of
Churchill, Hudson Bay, 1994.
Fox, Matthew. “Silas Qayaqjuaq Wants to Share Ideas with Other Artists”, Interview in Inuktitut by Simeonie
Kunuk and in English by Matthew Fox en 1994; translated by Rhoda Kayakjuak, Inuit Art Quarterly: 10 (1), spring 1995 pp. 22-25
Gustavison, Susan J. Northern Rock – Contemporary Inuit Stone Sculpture from the McMichael Canadian Art

            Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario, 1999.

Malaurie, Jean. L’Art du Grand Nord. Citadelles et Mazenod, Paris, France, 2001.

Hessel, Ingo. Arctic Spirit : Inuit Art from the Albrecht Collection at the Heard Museum. Heard Museum, Phoenix,

            Arizona. Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver, 2006.

Laugrand, Frédéric et Jarich Oosten. The Sea Woman. University of Alaska Press, Fairbanks, Alaska, 2008.

Basciano, Rebecca. We’ll All Become Stories. Ottawa Art Gallery, 2018