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Happy Holidays from Northern Expressions!

The weather is getting cooler, and many of us are thinking about the end of the year, as well as the list of things to do before then!  All three locations of Northern Expressions (Toronto, Ottawa, and Jordan Village) are ready to help you find something for every person and budget on your holiday gift list. Visit us in person or online to see what’s in store.

Bears, bears, and more bears at Northern Expressions in Jordan Village!

Polar Bears are on Parade!

The Jordan Village Staff are in love with their white marble Polar Bear Parade! These stunning bears were all hand crafted from beautiful white marble in Nunavut, and each one has their own character and personality. How wonderful would it be to open one of these stunning bears on Christmas morning!
Find these bears and more here!
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Shaman Fishing by Uriash Puqiqnak, brand new to Northern Expressions in Ottawa

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With its exaggerated gesture, grotesque mask-like face and inset pegged teeth, Shaman Fishing demonstrates the distinct features of the Gjoa Haven sculptural tradition. The squat form conveys a feeling of playful ferocity. Gouged directional lines along the figure’s coat reveal a lighter-toned rough stone surface, and this adds a sense of vigorous energy to the body. The creator of this work is Uriash Puqiqnak (1946- ), a well-known stone carver in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, who was among the early group of artists who contributed to the distinct Gjoa Haven style. His son Wayne carries on the carving tradition, also making beautiful stone sculptures.

In addition to being an artist, Uriash is a renowned political figure. He was mayor of Gjoa Haven and, in 1999, became one of the first elected Members of the Legislative Assembly of the newly formed territory of Nunavut. He was instrumental in the development of programs to promote Inuit art and protect the industry from counterfeits. Uriash was initiated as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2005 in recognition of service to his community.
More from the collection here!
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If you're around Parry Sound from December 7th to 9th, the Gchi Dewin Indigenous Storytellers Festival with be taking place! Presented by ReZ’91 Radio and MUSKRAT Magazine, and building on over three decades of combined diverse successful arts programming presentation, the Gchi Dewin Collective has come together to present the annual Gchi Dewin Indigenous Storytelling Festival with the goal to generate awareness and build audiences for the rich Indigenous storytelling traditions. Gchi Dewin means “Big Heart” in the Anishinabe language, and storytellers are individuals with ‘big hearts’ because they listen, hold, and share traditional knowledge with the community.

Indigenous art and culture in Ontario- and indeed the world- is founded in its oral storytelling traditions. The Collective recognizes that Indigenous identity is rooted in the land and that their stories convey their entire local histories and worldview. The Festival explores innovative ways of interpreting oral literature, history, language significance and Indigenous culture through storytelling presentation in traditional, on-line, and broadcast formats which contributes to building cultural awareness on local, national, and international levels.

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From everyone at Northern Expressions, have a very Happy Holidays!

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Northern Expressions Proud To Represent Iroquois Art and Artists

Northern Expressions is pleased to announce our "Iroquois Collection" -  a collection of new, one-of-a-kind, stone carvings from amazing Iroquois artists at our Jordan Village, Niagara, gallery location.

The Iroquois people are found all across Canada and form the Haudenosaunee or Six Nations. They consist of people belonging to six tribes, namely, the Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga and Tuscarora. 

Northern Expressions is proud to represent the exquisite works of: Eric Silver, Leroy Henry, Bud Henry and Joe Greene.




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Inuit Art Exhibit at the AGO - APTN National News

Largest Collection of Inuit Art ( City News)


Join Our Amazing Team

Northern Expressions is inviting applicants for a full-time position at our downtown Ottawa location.


  • Preferable minimum 3-5 years professional experience in a fine art gallery or strong luxury retail sales experience
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Canadian indigenous art. Knowledge of Inuit art a plus
  • Strong people skills as well as experience working with the public and in sales
  • Demonstrable success in closing sales in a gallery or other luxury goods retail environment
  • High level of organizational and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Extreme attention to detail with the ability to work independently and execute multiple tasks at once
  • Flexibility, can-do attitude and ability to thrive in an intimate work environment with little supervision
  • Computer proficiency and ability to learn applicable programs
  • Self-motivated, hard-working & reliable individual with the ability to work creatively, responsibly, efficiently and independently
  • Dual language French and English a plus

Please email a copy of your resume and a cover letter to before July 15, 2018.

Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.



Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak

Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak
June 16 - August 12, 2018

Art Gallery of Ontario
This exhibition is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario in partnership with Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage, with the support of Dorset Fine Arts, a division of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative



2018 Cape Dorset Special Release From The Archives

A Multitude Of Infinities:  A Folio Of Lithographs BY SHUVINAI ASHOONA


This suite of sumptuous edge-to-edge printed lithographs employ a playful complexity of pattern and an unusual colour palette. These prints address a range of natural themes invoked by Ashoona’s unique approach to conventional iconography and her distinctive otherworldly aesthetic. 

Seals, Walruses, and Clams are depicted along with plentiful Octopuses— a recurrent fascination. In this body of work, Ashoona has again occupied a visual space that is altogether lyrical, humorous, frenetic and more than a little off-putting.

Shuvinai Ashoona has exhibited extensively both within Canada and internationally. Her work occupies a unique place within contemporary Inuit art, combining elements of Inuit culture and mythology with influences derived from contact with southern industrial society, all subsumed within her richly imaginative world.

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Shuvinai Ashoona

Dorset Fine Arts