Thursday, 12 November 2009

The Mystical Gods of the North Carvings by Abraham Anghik Ruben

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From Thor to Sedna – The Mystical Gods of the North
Carvings by Abraham Anghik Ruben
November 6th through December 5th.
Organized by the Kipling Gallery


For Inuit carver Abraham Anghik Ruben, the myths stories and legends of Thor, and Odin, are as much a part of the North, as the Goddess Sedna and the Creator-God Anguta. And so on November 5th when the Kipling Gallery opens the doors on a startling new exhibition of Ruben’s stone and bone carvings, images of gods and goddesses, giants, monsters and demons of the north will fill the gallery in Woodbridge.
Reuben’s work will be accompanied by a photo series, “Canadian Inuit, 1946”. National Film Board veteran Canadian photographer George Hunter took the photographs depicting the disappearing nomadic life of the Inuit.
“As an artist I have spent the last 30 years developing my craft and having as the focus of my work the arts and cultural traditions of my Inuit background,” said Abraham Anghik Ruben. “There was extensive contact between my Inuit ancestors who came to Baffin Island and Greenland at the time of the Viking-Norse settlements and expeditions into Canada’s arctic and sub-arctic regions. I have drawn my material (for this show) from both Inuit and Norse myths and legends, historical contact, and to a large part from my own imagination of what may have happened between these two arctic peoples.”
Abraham Anghik Ruben was born in 1951 near Paulatuk in Canada's western arctic. He was one of 15 children born to Billy and Bertha Ruben, who followed a traditional lifestyle revolving around hunting and trapping. In 1971 Abraham enrolled at the University of Alaska (Fairbanks) where he studied contemporary art forms at the Native Arts Centre.
Abraham's work is largely shamanistic in theme, with transformation as a focus. His imagery is mainly based on stories told by his grandparents and extended family. Abraham was named after his paternal grandfather, Ruben Anghik, and his maternal great-grandfather, Apakark, a shaman from Alaska near the Bering Sea.
Abraham's achievements are many. He has work in many important permanent collections over North America, and has had exhibitions in museums and galleries including: The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Museum of Civilization (Hull), The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Prince of Wales Museum (Yellowknife), The Royal Ontario Museum, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, The Bayard Gallery (New York) and Appleton Galleries (Vancouver).
The artist lives and works on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. He will be in Woodbridge to attend the show’s official launch on Thursday, November 19th from 5:30 to 10:00 pm. 88-year old George Hunter will also be at the opening.
Kipling Gallery proudly devotes itself to the promotion and sale of original fine art. The wide and varied inventory includes highly collectible historical Canadiana, important Inuit sculptures of first rank, and choice works from the studios of over 45 contemporary artists living locally and worldwide. The gallery, located at 7938 Kipling Avenue, in downtown Woodbridge is open Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. www.kiplinggallery.com

Cutlines: Left - Odin's Story_76.5x45.0x55.0cm_Brazilian Soapstone. Abraham Anghik Ruben. Right - Pork, Hattie and grandson Ikkat. 1946. George Hunter.

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Media contacts:
Stephen Weir 416-489-5868 / c. 416-801-3101 / Stephen@stephenweir.com
Linda Crane 905-257-6033 / c. 416-727-0112 / cranepr@cogeco.ca

Gallery Contact:

Rocco Pannese – owner
(905) 265-2192
info@kiplinggallery.com

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