The World of Man, Animals and Spirits by Abraham Ruben
Abraham Anghik Ruben
Biographical Sketch by Rocco Pannese
For bringing art at its finest to the Rockwell, my sincerest thanks go to Rocco Pannese of Kipling Gallery, Woodbridge, ON, Canada.
Rocco conceived of this exhibition, tailored it to the Rockwell’s needs, and worked diligently with the artist and private collectors to bring together some of the finest examples possible of Ruben’s work. I would also like to thank the artist, Abraham Ruben, for creating such a compelling body of work, and for being receptive to its travel to upstate New York. Finally, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Board of Trustees at the Rockwell, and especially Executive Director Kristin Swain, for supporting this exhibition. Without your support, exciting projects like this would not fill the Museum’s galleries.
Curator of Collections
Rockwell Museum of Western Art
“My great-grand parents were practicing shaman from the old Bering Sea tradition, one not unlike that of other ancient cultures around the world before the onset of European expansionism.”
These influences had a monumental impact in this work. The coming together of two cultures: the Viking and the Inuit, are inextricably intertwined in a new contemporary vision and artistic mastery.
“When I came back to Canada, I came back to a country that did not regard people of native ancestry as contemporary artists. Art by native people could not stand side by side with the art made by people of European ancestry. So for forty some years, I had an uphill battle in trying to be regarded as a contemporary artist.”
These masterworks in bronze and stone are certain to catapult this major artist to new levels. Abraham Anghik Ruben is leading the vanguard as one of the most relevant stone sculptors Canada has ever produced.
I would like to thank the Rockwell Museum of Western and Native American Art and James Peck, for facilitating this exhibition venue, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the lenders who have graciously shared their treasured acquisitions with us. Most of all, my heartfelt respect and indebtedness goes to Abraham Anghik Ruben for his strength of character, physical labour, and inspired creativity that went into sculpting these enduring contemporary masterpieces.