While Inuit artists have been prompted and influenced to produce art by southerners and southern institutions, they have nonetheless managed to imbue their art with traditional values and memories of life as it once was; furthermore, their art-making has been affected by - and has even helped to instill - a new pride in being Inuit. No one could have predicted how Inuit would react to the challenge of making art in a nontraditional context for an outside market. The fact that contemporary Inuit art is now about fifty years old and continues to hold a vital place in the world of art is a testament to the tenacity of Inuit culture, and the artistic gift of the Inuit people.
Inuit Art by Ingo Hessel, Douglas & McIntyre Publishers, 1998
The Inuit Imagination: Arctic Myth and Sculpture - Harold Seidelman & James Turner, Douglas & McIntyre Publishers, 1993
Inuit Art - Ingo Hessel, Douglas & McIntyre Publishers, 1998
The Eskimo and His Art - Carson I.A. Ritchie, McMillan Publishers, 1974
Inuit Art Foundation - publishers of Inuit Art Quarterly
The artists featured here appear in major collections such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, Canadian Museum of Civilization, National Gallery of Canada, and other leading international museums.