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Aisa Qupirualu Alasua (1916-)

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  • AISA QUPIRUALU ALASUA (1916-), E9-801,

  • AISA QUPIRUALU ALASUA (1916-), E9-801, Povungnituk

  • AISA QUPIRUALU ALASUA (1916-), E9-801, Povungnituk

  • AISA QUPIRUALU ALASUA (1916-), E9-801, Povungnituk

Aisa Qupirualu Alasua Biography

AISA QUPIRUALU ALASUA (QUPIRUALU; QUPIRQUALUK; ISA; KOPERGUALOO;
KOPERQUALIK; QOPAKUALUK; ISAH)
Born: 1916 Male E9-801
Resides: Puvirnituq
Sculpture, Prints
Aisa became involved with the Povungnituk Sculptors Society and the
Cooperative at their inceptions in the nineteen-fifties. He experimented in
graphics during the formative years of the art form at Puvirnituq but
sculpture has been his main artistic focus.

Aisa is the father of Annie Kope, brother of Paulosie Sivuak, Alicie
Alasua, Nellie Ten (Tungak) and Annie Amamatuak.

EXHIBITIONS:
Eskimo Art of the Canadian Eastern Arctic
circulated by the Smithsonian Travelling
Exhibition Service, organized by Eskimo
Art,Inc.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
(tour)
(illustrated brochure)
1967 Eskimo Sculpture
Winnipeg Art Gallery
presented at the Manitoba Legislative
Building
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(illustrated catalogue)
Dec 1977 - Feb 1978 Povungnituk
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(illustrated catalogue)
March - June 1978 The Coming and Going of the Shaman:
Eskimo Shamanism and Art
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(illustrated catalogue)
Aug - Oct 1980 The Inuit Amautik: I Like My Hood
To Be Full
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(illustrated catalogue)
Sep 1980 - Feb 1981 Things Made by Inuit
La Federation des Cooperatives du
Nouveau-Quebec
Montreal, Quebec
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)
Sept - Oct 1981 The Jacqui and Morris Shumiatcher
Collection of Inuit Art
Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery,
University of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan
(illustrated catalogue)
Feb - Jun 1987 The Lindsay and Swartz Collections:
New Acquisitions
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
March - July 1987 Winnipeg Collects: Inuit Art from
Private Collections
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(illustrated catalogue)
September 1987 The Williamson Collection of
Inuit Sculpture
Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery,
University of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

Sept - Nov 1987 The Swinton Collection of Inuit Art
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(illustrated catalogue)
Nov 1987 - Jan 1988 Inuitkonst fran Kanada - skulptor och grafik
Millesgarden
Lidingo, Sweden
(illustrated catalogue)
June 1990 - July 1992 The First Passionate Collector: The
Ian Lindsay Collection of Inuit Art
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)
February - June 1991 Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture
Exhibition (first exhibition)
Vancouver Inuit Art Society
Vancouver, British Columbia
May - August 1992 Arctic Wildlife: The Art of the Inuit
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal
Montreal, Quebec
April - July 1993 Multiple Realities: Inuit Images of
Shamanic Transformation
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(illustrated brochure)
COLLECTIONS:
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, Quebec
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario
Williamson Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
HONOURS, ACHIEVEMENTS and EVENTS:
1961 Participated in the Povungituk experimental graphic workshop.
1978 The artist's print 'Legend' was included in the 1978 Puvirnituq calendar.
1979 A print by the artist was included in the 1979 Puvirnituq calendar.
SELECTED REFERENCES:
Blodgett, Jean
THE COMING AND GOING OF THE SHAMAN: Eskimo Shamanism and Art.
Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1979.
CEAC [Canadian Eskimo Arts Council]
TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW WITH ISA QOPAKUALUK: Interviewed
and translated by Ali Tulugak on April28, 1985 in Povungnituk,
Artic Quebec. Ottawa: Canadian Eskimo Arts Council in
collaboration with the Inuit Art Section, INAC and the National
Film Board of Canada, l985.
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
CANADIAN GUILD OF CRAFTS QUEBEC. = GUILDE CANADIENNE DES METIERS
D'ART QUEBEC: The Permanent Collection: Inuit Arts and Crafts,
c. 1900-1980. Montreal: Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, 1980.
Driscoll, Bernadette
THE INUIT AMAUTIK: I Like My Hood to be Full. Winnipeg: The
Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1981.
Driscoll, Bernadette
THE INUIT AMAUTIK: I like my hood to be full. UNESCO, Museum,
vol. XXXIII, no. 1, 1981. pp.30-34.
Murdoch, Peter
IN RETROSPECT: FIVECENTSIAPIK: THE LITTLE FIVE CENTS: PETER
MURDOCH TALKS ABOUT EARLY COMMERCIAL CARVING ACTIVITY IN
POVUNGNITUK. Inuit Art Quarterly: 9(3) Fall 1994, pp. 51-57.
Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery
THE JACQUI AND MORRIS SHUMIATCHER COLLECTION OF INUIT ART.
Regina: The Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, 1981.
Nungak, Zebedee
INUIT STORIES: POVUNGNITUK = LEGENDES INUIT: POVUNGNITUK: /
[By] Zebedee Nungak and Eugene Arima. Hull: Canadian Museum of
Civilization, National Museums of Canada, 1988.
Swinton, George
ESKIMO SCULPTURE. = SCULPTURE ESQUIMAUDE. Toronto: McClelland
and Stewart, 1965.
Swinton, Nelda
LA FAUNE DE L'ARCTIQUE = ARCTIC WILDLIFE: L'art des Inuit = the
Art of the Inuit. Montreal: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts,
1993.
Walsh, Meeka
WINNIPEG COLLECTS: Inuit Art from Private Collections. The
Winnipeg Art Gallery March 1 to July 26, 1987. Inuit Art
Quarterly, vol. 2, no. 3, Summer, 1987. pp.16-17.
Wight, Darlene
WINNIPEG COLLECTS: Inuit Art from Private Collections.
Winnipeg, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1987.
Winnipeg Art Gallery
ESKIMO SCULPTURE. Winnipeg: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1967.

Winnipeg Art Gallery
SWINTON COLLECTION OF INUIT ART. Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1987.

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