The Other World: Spirits, Demons, and Visions of Transformation
March 12 — 17, 2022
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BILL NASOGALUAK (b. 1953)
Unflinching of eye, and unwavering in the clarity of his artistic statements, artist Bill Nasogaluak has developed a highly distinctive canon of images encompassing subjects as diverse as shamanism and Inuit mythology, Western Renaissance traditions, climate change, depression, and the impacts of industry in the North.
A self-taught artist with a passion for both Inuit and Western art history, Nasogaluak is an accomplished painter, sculptor, and instructor whose prescient artworks have been garnering notable curatorial attention in recent years. [1, 2] Held in important private and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, we are pleased to be able to offer ten diverse works by the artist (see lots 1 through 10 of this sale).
An image of shocking directness, Embryo in Liquor Bottle is a testament to Bill Nasogaluak's unflinching approach to subject matter sometimes tragic, and often deeply intimate.  A bisected liquor bottle is the womb for a withered and prematurely aged embryo in this profound reminder that those who suffer from alcoholism do not do so alone.
For important related works by the artist in the collection of the AGO, see the ongoing exhibit “Bill Nasogaluak”, Click here to read more.
1. Art Gallery of Ontario, “Bill Nasogaluak” 2021-Ongoing, Click here to read more.
2. Prnewswire, “Bill Nasogaluak: Shapeshifter” FFA, January 2020. Click here to read more.
3. Nasogaluak, Bill, “Interview, Getting Past The Oral Tradition”, Inuit Art Quarterly, Vol 11., No. 3, 1996. p. 28-35.
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