Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Canadian art loses one of its finest Inuit artists, Marion Tuu'luq

Ottawa, Canada - September 23, 2002

It is with great sadness that the National Gallery of Canada has learned the death of Inuit artist Marion Tuu'luq. Known for her vibrant works on cloth, Marion Tuu'luq passed away yesterday at age 92, in Baker Lake, Nunavut, surrounded by her family.

"I'm deeply saddened by this news. Marion Tuu'luq had a challenging and full life - on the tundra in the Back River area north of Baker Lake, and in the community. It still amazes me that she began her work as an artist when she was already in her late 50s. She's an inspiration to all of us", said Marie Routledge, Curator of Inuit art at the National Gallery.

Marion Tuu'luq was very excited by the upcoming opening of her first, in-depth, solo exhibition, which will be presented at the National Gallery from 11 October 2002 to 12 January 2003. The exhibition, Marion Tuu'luq, includes 37 works on cloth that feature the artist's trademark vivid colours, richly embroidered and appliquéd surfaces, and startling juxtapositions of forms and space. It will offer a unique opportunity to pay tribute to this artist who contributed to contemporary art by sharing her meaning of family and the land in Inuit life. 


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