Bill Nasogaluak (Nasoquak) is a self-taught sculptor and painter originally from Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories of Canada. His artwork focuses on interpretations of the world around him; his Inuvialuit culture, the mythology and traditions of his people, and the relationship between land and wildlife. Bill’s use of metaphors and symbolism in his paintings and sculptures often make for multifaceted, complex pieces.
In addition to his northern background and surroundings, Bill’s influences include a broad scope of artists, from the Old Masters to contemporary artists. He has studied art throughout his lifetime, and practised as an Electronics Technician before converting to art full-time. Bill also teaches art course, despite never having received a formal education in art.
Bill chooses to express his subjects in paintings and carvings and he feels completely at ease in either art form. His scale of work ranges from monumental stone pieces and outdoor murals, to miniature ivory carvings. On a recreational basis, Bill also enjoys working in the ephemeral art forms of ice and snow, for it allows him the opportunity to travel worldwide and meet remarkable people. Bill’s greatest ambition is to one day carve a life-size marble piece.
Bill has participated in and led many successful collaborative projects, including the design and production of the Ceremonial Mace for the N.W.T. legislature, a commemorative sculpture created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, and a monumental sculpture inside the lobby of the Calgary Stock Exchange Building.
National and international media has regularly featured Bill, and his work is found in collections throughout North, Central and South Americas, and Europe.