Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Luke Anguhadluq


Baker Lake, Nunavut Territory, Canada


Luke Anguhadluq spent much of his life as a camp leader in the Back River area (Chantrey Inlet) north of Baker Lake, living the traditional way of life on the land. In the early 1960s, he settled in the community of Baker Lake with his wife, Marion Tuu’luq, who later became a prominent tapestry and graphic artist. Luke began drawing in 1968 at the age of 73, and participated in the printing program in Baker Lake since it began in 1969.

Although Anguhadluq was known as a skillful hunter when he lived on the land, in the community of Baker Lake he was known for his skillful drawings depicting subject matter such as drum dances or hunters in kayaks and caribou. Many of Anguhadluq’s drawings were used to make prints. His sons, Thomas Iksiraq (1941-) and Barnabus Oosuaq (1940-) who are both printers in Baker Lake, often made the prints of their father’s original drawings.

Anguhadluq died at the age of 87. The eternal hunter, Anguhadluq was buried on one of his favourite hills out on the land, where he used to watch for caribou. His casket was brought to this site by dogsled, as per his final request.

“From the beginning Anguhadluq seemed to have established his particular subject interests and his own way of conveying them from the three-dimensional world to two-dimensional paper. Economic of means, he suggested and abbreviated forms rather than extensively articulating them; he let the empty white areas of his paper work for him, never fearing to leave areas undisturbed (although conversely, he might completely fill the page with images or a background). He repeated forms or distorted them for realistic and visual effects, and he adjusted his perspective system to meet particular needs within his scene.”

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