August 21, 2016
The gallery is no longer open for business at 1065 Madison Avenue.
We will be there irregularly from now until the end of September, but the bulk of our inventory has been packed and shipped.
We are in the process of rethinking our website. For the time being, we have left our curated exhibitions on display on the website, but most of these works are no longer available for purchase.
When the website is relaunched, we will send out a newsletter. If you are not on our newsletter list and wish to be, please click on "Contact" and fill in the "Newsletter signup" form.
We are still happy to talk with you, consult on Inuit art, provide insurance appraisals, and answer questions.
August 14, 2016
We bought Alaska on Madison almost five years ago, and we have reluctantly concluded that it is not economically viable. Wednesday, August 17 is the last day that we will be taking orders. Most of our inventory will be leaving the gallery shortly after that.
We thank our loyal customers for their support. We have enjoyed meeting and talking with you, and we hope that your love for indigenous Northern art continues to flourish.
A number of you have asked where you will be able to look for high quality Inuit and Northwest Coast art after our gallery closes. We will maintain our website, www.alaskaonmadison.com, although there will be a period when it is down for re-thinking and refurbishment. We will send out an announcement when it has been reincarnated.
Just to state the obvious, however, galleries can only keep their doors open if collectors patronize them. If everyone on our email list had purchased just one sculpture every other year, we would not be closing. So please remember that every purchase you make from a gallery is important to keeping galleries available as a resource for collectors.
Our very best wishes to you all.
Ann and Michael Lesk
April 8, 2016
October 31, 2015
On October 17, 2015, Alaska on Madison hosted Samaiyu Akesuk and Papiara Tukiki, two of the artists whose work is featured in the 2015 Cape Dorset Print Collection.
Saimaiyu Akesuk was born on April 28, 1988 in Iqaluit but she has lived in Cape Dorset for almost her whole life. Her parents are Lau Akesuk and Olayuk Akesuk, who was one of the first Members of the Legislative Assembly in Nunavut. Samaiyu's grandfather, Latcheolassie Akesuk, was a distinguished early Cape Dorset sculptor. Saimaiyu was inspired to start drawing by Ningeokuluk Teevee while they were taking a class together at the Nunavut Teaching Education Program. Saimaiyu's confident drawings of birds and bears are characterized by her bold and dynamic simplicity rendered with soft tenderness and quite often a touch of whimsy.
Papiara Tukiki has been a delightful mainstay of the annual collection since her first prints were introduced in 2004. Papiara's simple forms capture the essence of her subject. In 1977 she received an Award of Excellence for her original design in the "Things That Make us Beautiful" competition organized by the Department of Indian and Northern Development. Born on Christmas Day, 1942, Papiara is married to Qopie Tukiki, a long-time employee of the community's Housing Association. They live in Cape Dorset.