Laurent Aksadjuak moved to Rankin Inlet to work at the short-lived nickel mine there, but quickly became known for his beautiful ivory miniatures. He began creating ceramic sculptures under the direction of Claude Grenier in the mid 1960s, and became a mainstay of the ceramics revival in the community in 1991 when it reopened under Jim Shirley. Aksadjuak trained many local ceramic artists including his son Roger, and produced impressive ceramic sculptures right up to his death in 2002.
Unlike most Rankin Inlet ceramics, which are actually pots with added sculptural elements, Aksadjuak’s Seated Hunter is a true three-dimensional sculpture. It is in fact quite similar to a 1960s work by this artist in the collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Kneeling Man with Fish (see WAG, Rankin Inlet/Kangirlliniq, 1981, cat. 1).
Estate of Peter Murdoch, Montreal. One of the most important Qallunaat figures in the development of Inuit art, Peter Murdoch (1929-2015) became a Hudson’s Bay post manager in the Arctic in 1947 at the tender age of eighteen; managed the Rehab Centre in Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit) in the early 1960s where he instituted a successful carving program; and devoted the rest of his life to building and nurturing FCNQ, the federation of co-ops in Nunavik (Arctic Quebec). He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2015.