Ever since it opened its doors to the public in 1975, Vancouver’s Marion Scott Gallery has been regarded as one of Canada’s
top venues for the exhibition and sale of Inuit art from the Canadian
This fall, the family-run gallery honours its own past with a major exhibition
of northern art, Marion Scott at 30: 65 Masterpieces from the Canadian Arctic.
The exhibition features
an array of sculptures, prints, drawings and wallhangings by some of the North’s
most renowned artists.
Founded in 1975 by pioneering Inuit art dealer Marion Scott, the gallery was
one of the first venues on the West Coast to showcase contemporary northern art,
which until that time had been confined to department stores and museum gift
shops. Scott didn’t share the view, prevalent at the time, that the work
of all northerners should be viewed as handicraft; rather, she saw that much
of the work could legitimately be thought of as art.
In the late 1980s, Scott handed the reigns to her daughter, Judy Kardosh, who
continues to exhibit a range of northern art with the same commitment and passion.
Now co-directed by Kardosh and her son Robert, the gallery is today a widely
recognized leader in the field of Inuit art, known especially for its authoritative
exhibitions, scholarly publications and strong commitment to artistic quality.
In the making for over five years, Marion Scott at 30: 65 Masterpieces from
the Canadian Arctic features works in a variety of media dating from the
1950s through to the present, representing numerous regions. Well-known artists
represented include Oviloo Tunnillie, Karoo
Ashevak, Luke Iksiktaaryuk, Pitseolak
Ashoona, Irene Avaalaaqiaq, Janet
Kigusiuq, John Kavik, Joe Talirunili, Jutai
Toonoo and Jessie Oonark, among others.