Mark Emerak was an Inuit printmaker and graphic artist. Mark Emerak was born near Cambridge Bay, Victoria Island, Canada in the year 1901. The artist was renown for his black and white imagery of everyday life. Subjects include hunting, eating, fishing, and dancing.
Emerak preferred to work in black and white rather than use color.
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Emerak lived during the period when Inuit people moved from camps to more permanent settlements.
The artist was married twice and had 10 children.
Emerak is similar to Grandma Moses as the artist didn’t begin until he was over sixty years of age. He began drawing in 1966. Over two decades of an art career he produced more than 900 drawings and 41 limited edition prints.
Mark Emerak passed away in 1983.