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Tunnillie, Oviloo

Tunnillie, Oviloo

Kinngait (Cape Dorset)

(1949ā€“2014)

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Tunnillie, Oviloo

(1949ā€“2014)

Oviloo Tunnillie, RCA, was a Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, sculptor who defied convention. Tunnillie had a particular focus on women, autobiographical carvings and taboo subjects, creating a unique and important collection of work. She was known to engage in difficult subject matter, focused on contemporary women in the North and their struggles. Tunnillie is one of few Inuit female carvers to achieve international success, with many solo and group exhibitions across North America and internationally. In 2003, she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy and her work is held in collections such as the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa, ON.

Tunnillie, Oviloo

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Grieving Woman

1997
stone (serpentinite)
35 x 12.5 x 11.3 cm

Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Gift of the Volunteer Committee to the Winnipeg Art Gallery in commemoration of the Volunteer Committeeā€™s 50th Anniversary, 1948-1998
1999-499

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    Oviloo Tunnillie is one of the most respected and original of the second generation of Inuit artists–those who grew up seeing art created by their elders in the 1950s, when carvings and prints became an exciting new industry. Oviloo watched her father, Toonoo, as he carved and she began to carve herself in the early 1960s. She developed a style of unadorned surfaces and intensely personal subjects. Her art focuses on the female form and life experiences, and most often the experiences are her own. She often expresses raw emotion, as embodied in this sculpture. Other works express the challenge and satisfaction resulting from the act of artistic creation. Her autobiographical references are the precursors of a third generation of artists who put their modern-day experiences into art.


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