|Artist||Anghik Ruben, Abraham|
|Title||Warrior's Lament (ed. 65/150)|
|Dimensions||H-77.5 W-56.5 cm|
Abraham Anghik Ruben is an Inuvialuit artist residing in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia. He has spent the last 30 years developing his craft and directing the focus of his work towards the arts and cultural traditions of his Inuit background. Ruben believes that the period from the early 900's to the 1400 is bursting with potential for storytelling. His artistic creations come from material within Inuit and Norse myths and legends, historical contact, and his own imagination of what may have happened between two arctic peoples with similar world views. As a cross-culturally conscious artist, Ruben takes on a certain amount of responsibility as an Inuvialuit to tell the stories that haven't found a voice. Although he works with stories that come directly from his Native American culture he views them as stories of his Ancestors and their contact with other cultures as well.
Abraham has always been a promoter of other Inuit artists and was instrumental in helping organize the first ever exhibition of circumpolar art from the communities of Arctic Siberia, Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Sampi, Norway, Sweden and Finland. He was one of the artists' exhibiting in the traveling Noah's Ark presented by the National Gallery of Canada. His work can be found in public, corporate and private collections throughout the world. Some of the public art collections where Abraham 's art is represented include: The National Gallery of Canada; Art Gallery of Ontario; Canadian Museum of Civilization; Glenbow Museum; House of Commons; Indian and Northern Affairs; McMaster University Art Gallery; McMichael Canadian Art Collection; Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre; Royal Ontario Museum; and The Winnipeg Art Gallery.