Pangnark, John

John Pangnark, sculptor (b at Windy Lk, NWT 1920; d at Rankin Inlet, NWT 1980). An inland Kivallirmiut (Caribou) Inuit, Pangnark was relocated in the late 1950s to Eskimo Point (now Arviat), where he spent his later years carving. Represented in the Sculpture/Inuit exhibition of 1971 to 1973, Pangnark was one of 4 Inuit artists chosen to go to Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan. Because of his preoccupation with resolving formal concerns, often at the expense of easily recognizable subject matter, his sculpture is unlike the narrative and naturalistic work of much contemporary Inuit sculpture. His highly individualized abstractions are most appreciated by the critic who sees, outwardly at least, similarities to 20th-century abstract sculpture.