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John Pangnark

Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC – May 20-Jun 24


John Pangnark, untitled (figure) (circa 1975), stone [Marion Scott Gallery, North Vancouver BC, May 20-Jun 24]

“[John Pangnark] was doubtlessly the Brancusi of the North, with a rare feeling for abstraction.” George Swinton, 1982. In the first exhibition of his work in two decades, the striking abstract sculptures of Inuit artist John Pangnark (1920-1980) are being exhibited at the Marion Scott Gallery. Pangnark had no formal art training and no exposure to art movements in Europe or North America. Yet he created a legacy of remarkable stone sculptures considered to be as sophisticated as those by more well-known abstract sculptors like Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore.

John Pangnark, untitled (woman) (circa 1975), stone [Marion Scott Gallery, North Vancouver BC, May 20-Jun 24]

Pangnark lived in Arviat (formerly Eskimo Point) where some of his Ahiamiut colleagues also began working in an abstract fashion. Pangnark’s stone sculptures have an anthropormorphic appeal, perhaps because, for most of his work he started with the human figure in mind. The cryptic forms, however, remain largely abstract in sensibility. The Marion Scott Gallery is showing more than a dozen of Pangnark’s stone sculptures from the 1960s and 1970s, which are accompanied by a publication.

Among the many public galleries that have collected his work are the Inuit Cultural Institute, Northwest Territories; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Quebec; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba; the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada, Ontario; Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta; and the Museum of Anthropology, British Columbia.

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Mia Johnson


John Pangnark, untitled (woman) (circa 1970), stone [Marion Scott Gallery, North Vancouver BC, May 20-Jun 24]


John Pangnark, untitled (woman) (circa 1970), stone [Marion Scott Gallery, North Vancouver BC, May 20-Jun 24]

 Wed, Apr 5, 2006