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Manasie Akpaliapik (1955-)

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  • MANASIE AKPALIAPIK (1955-), E5-1155LAMENT FOR THE ARCTIC OCEAN

  • Inuit Art

  • Inuit Art: MANASIE AKPALIAPIK (1955-), E5-1155,

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Manasie Akpaliapik Biography

MANASIE AKPALIAPIK (PANEELOO; AKPALIAPI; AKPALEAPIK; AKPIALIK)

Born: August 23, 1955 Male E5-1155
Resides: Toronto; also lived in Arctic Bay, Iqaluit, Winnipeg and Greenland
Sculpture


Manasie was raised in the family of sculptors Lazaroosee and Nakyuraq
Akpaliapik in the community of Arctic Bay. His adopted grandparents, artists
Peter and Elisapee Kanangnaq Ahlooloo, and his maternal great aunt Paniluk
Qamanirq began to teach him to carve when he was about ten years old. As they
carved, the elders entertained Manasie with Inuit legends and stories.



EXHIBITIONS:

March - May 1985 Uumajut: Animal Imagery in Inuit Art
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(illustrated catalogue)

March 1988 Arctic Forms - Inuit Sculpture
Arctic Inuit Art Gallery
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.

June - September 1988 Building on Strengths: New Inuit Art
from the Collection
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba

January - September 1990 Arctic Mirror
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Hull, Quebec

February - March 1991 Jawbone Sculpture
The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
Toronto, Ontario

November - December 1991 The Hand: Images in Inuit Sculpture
The Isaacs/Innuit Gallery
Toronto, Ontario
(illustrated brochure)

February - August 1992 Inuit Art on the Mezzanine: New Acquisitions
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(illustrated brochure)


February - September 1992 Inuit Art: Drawings and Recent Sculpture
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

April - May 1992 Salon International Europ'art '92
presented by Galerie Saint Merri
Geneva, Switzerland

June - October 1992 Nouveau Territoires...
350/500 Ans Apres, Presented at les maisons
de la culture Cote-des-Neiges, Notre-Dame-
de-Grace, and Rosemont-Petite Patrie
Montreal Recreation and Community
Development Service and les Ateliers
Visions Planetaire
Montreal, Quebec
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

November 1992 - January 1993 Borealis: Inuit Images of Man and Animals
Freeport Art Museum and Cultural Centre
Freeport, Illinois

April - July 1993 Multiple Realities: Inuit Images of
Shamanic Transformation
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(illustrated brochure)

November - December 1993 Sculpture Inuit et
Retrospective Pudlo Pudlat
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
Montreal, Quebec

November - December 1993 Inuit Sculpture
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
Montreal, Quebec

November 1993 - March 1994 The Inuit Imagination
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba


May - June 1994 Share the Vision
Philadelphians Collect Inuit Art
Art Space Gallery
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

August - October 1994 Inuit Art from the Canadian Arctic
Bayly Art Museum
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.

March - July 1995 Immaginario Inuit
Arte e cultura degli esquimesi canadesi
Galleria d'Arte Moderna
e Contemporanea
Verona, Italy
(illustrated catalogue)

May - September 1995 Keeping Our Stories Alive:
An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts
from Dene and Inuit of Canada
Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.
(illustrated catalogue)

November 1995 Inspiration
Four Decades of Sculpture
Marion Scott Gallery
Vancouver, British Columbia
(illustrated catalogue)


SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

May 1989 Ivory Carvings by Manasie Akpaliapik
Images Art Gallery
Toronto, Ontario

August - November 1990 Manasie: The Art of Manasie Akpaliapik
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(illustrated brochure)


COLLECTIONS:

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba


HONOURS, ACHIEVEMENTS and EVENTS:

1989 March: Received a Canada Council Explorations Grant for a project entitled
"North Baffin Island Legends." The research will be carried out in Igloolik
and Arctic Bay, and will focus on Kiviok's legendary voyage.

1989 Was one of the Canadian representatives at the Ainu Cultural Society
conference in Shraoi Hokaido (near Sapporo), Japan.

1989 Travelled to Ottawa to meet with the Board of Directors of the Inuit Art
Foundation in December. Subsequently, became a Board member.

1990 Manasie appeared on the cover of the Spring issue of Inuit Art Quarterly
magazine.

1990 Took part in a workshop for international indigenous artists at the Canadian
Museum of Civilization held by the Om niiak Native Arts Group.

1993 Akpaliapik's (untitled) sculpture is featured on the cover of the Inuit Art
Quarterly (Winter 1993).


SELECTED REFERENCES:

Ayre, John
CARVING IS HEALING TO ME: An Interview with Manassie
Akpaliapik. Inuit Art Quarterly: Vol. 8, No. 4, Winter 1993,
pp. 34-42.


Breakthrough Films and Television, Inc.
CRY OF THE ANCESTORS: the art of Manasie Akpaliapik. Produced
by Breakthrough Films and Television, Inc. in association with
the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with the assistance of
Telefilm Canada, 1994.

Canadian Arctic Producers
MANASIE MANIAPIK. Ottawa: Canadian Arctic Producers
Co-operative Ltd, 1985.

Driscoll, Bernadette
UUMAJUT: Animal Imagery in Inuit art. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art
Gallery, 1985.

Gillmore, Alison
UUMAJUT: Animal Imagery in Inuit Art. Arts Manitoba, vol. 4,
no. 3, Summer, 1985. pp.20-23.

Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
KEEPING OUR STORIES ALIVE: An Exhibition of Art and Crafts from
Dene and Inuit of Canada. Santa Fe, N.M.: Institute of American
Native Arts Museum, 1995.

Maniapik, Manasie
MANASIE MANIAPIK: Recent Sculpture. Ottawa: Canadian Arctic
Producers Cooperative Limited, 1981.

Marion Scott Gallery
INSPIRATION: FOUR DECADES OF SCULPTURE BY CANADIAN INUIT:
Curated by Norman Zepp. Vancouver: Marion Scott Gallery [1996].

Muehlen, Maria
DRAWINGS AND RECENT SCULPTURE AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF
CANADA. Inuit Art Quarterly, vol. 7, no. 3, Summer/Fall 1992,
p. 45.

Seidelman, Harold and James Turner
THE INUIT IMAGINATION: Arctic Myth and Sculpture.
Vancouver/Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 1993.


Verona. Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
IMMAGINARIO INUIT: ARTE E CULTURA DEGLI ESQUIMESICANADESI.
Commune di Verona: Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di
Palazzo Forti, 1995.

Vision Planetaire
NOUVEAUX TERRITOIRES: 350/500 ANS APRES: Une exposition d'art
aborigene contemporain du Canada. Montreal: Vision Planetaire:
Ville de Montreal: UNESCO, 1992.

Wight, Darlene
BUILDING ON STRENGTHS: New Inuit Art from the Collection.
Tableau, vol. 1, no.5, 1988. p.4.

Wight, Darlene
MANASIE : THE ART OF MANASIE AKPALIAPIK. Winnipeg : The
Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1990.

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