by Ovilu Tunnillie presented by Galerie Elca London
Galerie Elca London
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Oviloo in Montreal
Ovilu Tunnillie
July 15 - Aug 30, 2019

Born into a family of artists, Oviloo Tunnillie (1946-2014) was a respected sculptor who achieved international recognition for her innovative works. Working within a predominantly male artistic practice in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Tunnillie's autobiographical sculptures are distinct from her peers who created traditional sculptures of wildlife, hunting scenes and transformation pieces. Her bold subject matter stemmed from her childhood trauma of contracting tuberculosis and being separated from her family. Tunnillie's works defied stereotypes of Inuit, the impact of Southern contact, and tackled social concerns, particularly issues affecting women within Northern communities. She additionally was one of the few Inuit artists to choose the female nude as a subject. Her legacy has influenced a new generation of artists working in the Studio who do not shy away from difficult subject matter.  

Tunnillie's works have been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the National Gallery of Canada. In 2003, she was elected as a member to the Royal Canadian Academy.

This group of sculptures was produced when Ovilu and her family were living in Montreal in 2004 and all hail from a prominent local collection.

Seated Woman, 2004/femme assise, 2004
11 x 10 x 5 in.  Serpentine
Standing Woman, 2004/femme debout, 2004
17 x 7 x 4 in.  Serpentine
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