Written by Alli Hames
On November 17th 2016, sculptor Abraham Anghik Ruben arrived at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa to receive the Order of Canada. Abe was met by David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, who named him an Officer of the Order Of Canada. This prestigious award was Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System which recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Abraham, originally from Paulatuk in the Northwest Territories, was recognized for his significant artistic contributions, and for immortalizing his Inuvialuit culture through his masterpieces.
Ruben’s artwork is almost exclusively, but not limited to sculpture which is mainly wrought from bone, ivory, stone or bronze. His work reflects the stories, myths and legends of his western Arctic culture as well as other circumpolar peoples. Abraham creates using his unique artistic voice which allows him to carry forward the teachings of his parents, friends and relatives. Although he is originally from the Northwest Territories, he now resides on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada.
Steffich Fine Art has had the pleasure of representing Abraham for many years. In April of 2016 the gallery held and curated a show in conjunction with the Robert Bateman Center of Victoria, BC, Canada. This show focused on northern wildlife, landscapes and mythologies.
We are proud of Abraham's many noteworthy artistic achievements. Certainly receiving the Order of Canada is an honour of the highest degree, an honour that reflects well on our country as a whole.
Take a look at Abe's impressive work currently at the gallery.
This year we decided that it was time for another makeover, and the flooring had become the elephant in the room. Employing our, “Go big or go home” philosophy, we decided that the carpet had to go.
If you ask around the gallery who’s idea it was originally to make
the leap to laminate, you will find it a point of prickly contention. Hint: It was Matt, because he’s the boss.
Finishing a painting is not like finishing a horse race. Usually no one, including the artist, knows for sure if its finished. There are no lords and ladies in fine dress to congratulate you, no big wreaths of flowers, no gold cup. Creating a painting is a lonely pursuit right to the end.
So with all this internalizing and loneliness how does an artist know if they have truly finished a work