Terry Ryan – The Godfather of Inuit Art
After a lengthy illness, Terry Ryan passed away on August 31, 2017. He was a creative and influential force when, in the mid-1960s, as the international market for furs and seal skins softened and hunters were struggling for income, Terry encouraged them to draw and carve. Terry was an artist, an arts patron, a successful businessman and a community builder of the small arctic community of Cape Dorset, Nunavut.
In today’s edition of The Globe and Mail, Judy Stoffman writes a wonderful obituary that chronicles Terry’s life in the north and his contribution to the now global Inuit art community.