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Germaine Arnaktauyok

Germaine Arnaktauyok


Germaine was born in Igloolik, Nunavut. Her participation in the art world has given her reason to travel extensively and far from the community of her birth.

She took Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba. A perfectionist in her art, Germaine constantly strives to learn new techniques, including the art of intaglio etching with a master printer in Montréal and, more recently, lithograph printing on Mylar. Both techniques allow her to etch her finely detailed work (she usually works in pen, ink and pencil) directly into the medium and thus create multiple original prints in limited editions.

Germaine has worked as an artist in Iqaluit and Yellowknife as well as in major cities in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. She has illustrated over 30 children's books and has completed work on a book by C.W. Nicol called The Raven's Tale, simultaneously released in Canada and Japan. Her travels have taken her to Israel to do a poster for El Al Airlines, to Greenland and Sweden on an art exchange and to Washington, DC, as part of a delegation of Canadian artists. She also designed and executed a beautiful mural in the Inuit Art section of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife. Germaine has had successful shows in Montréal and Vancouver. While in Montréal, she worked for the National Film Board, designing a stage and puppets with Co Hoedeman for the animated film The Owl and the Lemming, based on the Inuit legend. Five of Germaine's works were acquired for the Art from the Arctic exhibition, which toured five countries.

Germaine created "The Drum Dance," the design that graces the back of the 1999 two-dollar coin, as well as "Mother and Child" for the 2000 $200 gold coin, part of the Native Cultures and Traditions series honouring Inuit motherhood.