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Kukshout, Pie

Kukshout, Pie

Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet)

(1911–1980)

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Kukshout, Pie

(1911–1980)

Pie Kukshout was a sculptor and ceramicist from Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU. A stone carver for most of his life, he began working with ceramics in his seventies when he joined the Rankin Inlet Ceramics Project as one of its first participants. Kukshout became known for his imaginative clay vessels incorporating imagery of human faces and animals as well as his sculptural approach to ceramics. His work has been featured in exhibitions across North America, and is housed in public collections such as the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

 

Kukshout, Pie

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Faces with Three Seals

c. 1967
clay
26.7 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm

Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Gift of the Women's Committee
G-68-95

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    In 1963, after the North Rankin Nickel Mine closed its operations in Rankin Inlet, the federal government hired ceramicist Claude Grenier to organize an arts and crafts program. Grenier experimented with mixtures of local and imported clays; by 1964–65 more than a dozen artists, some of whom were also stone sculptors, were creating sculptural ceramics. The project closed in 1977 but was revived by Jim Shirley in the late 1980s. Pie Kukshout produced some of the most imaginative and bizarre compositions—works that pushed the boundaries of Inuit three-dimensional art.


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