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Kavavaow Mannomee

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Kavavaow Mannomee
LIttle Man Holding Harpoon, 2007
coloured pencil & ink, 10 x 26 in. (paper)


 
Artist Biography
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Kavavaow Mannomee was born in 1958 in Brandon, Manitoba, where his mother was being hospitalized for tuberculosis. He rejoined other members of his family in the Baffin Island community of Cape Dorset when he was seven or eight. In the early 1980s, he began working as a printmaker for the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, learning to translate skillfully the drawings of the community’s elder artists into elegant prints. He started making his own drawings while he was still in his teens. Part of a new generation of contemporary Cape Dorset artists who are reshaping the community’s expressive traditions, Mannomee continues to work both as a printmaker and, at home, on his drawing.
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As the critic Lloyd Dykk has noted, Mannomee’s ink and coloured pencil drawings do not so much represent an Inuit way of life as “document the contours of an idiosyncratic mind.”  In a style that is spare and precise, Manomee’s delicately coloured images address themes ranging from man’s relationship to nature to the negative effects of alcohol dependence. He often plays with scale, as in a series of works inspired by Inuit legends of a small race of people, featuring diminutive human forms struggling under the weight of giant objects such as harpoons and traditional utensils. Although the majority of Mannomee’s images include human subjects, some focus solely on the natural world. As a wildlife artist, Mannomee is best known for his highly accomplished images showing birds engaged, like their human counterparts, in various kinds of work. His selective attention to detail gives these drawings a shifting, even surreal quality.

 

Selected Press
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CANADIAN ART

CANADIAN ART


Gallery Exhibitions

SURREAL: EIGHT ARTISTS IN THE FANTASTICAL TRADITION
October 14 - November 20, 2011
 
EXTREME DRAWING
July 18 - August 30, 2009
 
KAVAVAOW MANNOMEE: DRAWINGS
June 13 - July 12, 2009


Selected Other Exhibitions
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The Drawing Room, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver BC, July 17 - August 7, 2010, presented by DRAWN


Public Collections
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Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, ON)
National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON)


Selected References
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Robert Kardosh, "The New Generation: A Radical Defiance," Inuit Art Quarterly, Winter 2008
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Amy Karlinsky, "Land of the Midnight Sons and Daughters: Contemporary Inuit Drawings," Border Crossings, Issue no. 105


Gallery Information
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MARION SCOTT GALLERY
2423 GRANVILLE STREET
VANCOUVER, BC CANADA V6H 3G5
TEL: 604.685.1934
FAX: 604.685.1890
ART@MARIONSCOTTGALLERY.COM

 
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