Moving Forward Breaking Through – Abraham Anghik Ruben
Abraham Anghik Ruben
Essay by Rocco Pannese
Languages: English, French, Italian and German
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His most recent works break out of the mould known traditionally as contemporary Inuit Art. They combine the art and culture of the Inuit with that of the Vikings, incorporating rudimentary Celtic elements.
We hope that one not only admires his amazing workmanship that is evident in each sculpture, but also gain insight into the times, peoples and cultures of the high North, that have, to some extent, similar shamanistic roots.
Martha and Peter Cerny
Cerny Inuit Collection
This body of work will help to dispel, once and for all, the perceived notion that Abraham is just an Inuit artist, a label that has been affixed to his name on account of his native background. Abraham is a Canadian contemporary artist of Inuvialuit ancestry. His mastery of the media and interpretive style and vision illustrate a great understanding of the nuances needed to create such works.
I am confident that this exhibition will inspire the viewers and lift them to a higher understanding of the people that adapted to the northern region and of Abraham’s work. In fact, these sculptures very elegantly illustrate the context of the two cultures that came together to carve out a life in the Arctic, and a glance at the artist’s personal life.
I would like to thank Martha and Peter Cerny for hosting this exhibition in their museum and their devotion to educate the public on the art of Circumpolar Areas. I would also like to extend my appreciative thanks to the collectors for parting with their sculptures and willing to share them with the world. A special note of gratitude is reserved for Cosimo Stifani who offered his insightful philosophical perspectives, valuable editorial expertise and professional motivation and support while conducting the exhibition research. .
An exhibit of this calibre would not have been possible without the strength of character, physical labour, and inspired creativity of Abraham Anghik Ruben. To sculpt these enduring contemporary masterpieces requires artistry, endurance and unfailing determination. And it is with unabashed devotion that myself and Lou Ruffolo, as co-owners of Kipling Gallery, would like to express our thanks to Abraham for his unconditional commitment to his work and his intended cultural legacy to the Canadian cultural landscape: that of a contemporary Canadian artist of Inuvialuit ancestry.