|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver City Centre|
|Cross Street |||Between Beach and Pacific|
|Mon. to Fri: 8AM to 1PM Sat: 11AM to 1PM or by appointment|
Profile Last Updated: July 23, 2008
Established in the late 1950s by Ronald Appleton and his late father Harry, Appleton Galleries houses one of the largest collections of Inuit and First Nations art in Canada. In its current location since 1994, the gallery features Inuit carvings, First Nations art masks, plaques, paddles, talking sticks, wall hangings, graphics, and jewellery. New artwork is added continually. Appleton offers worldwide packing and shipping, serving customers from all over the world.
Original Inuit Art
The Appletons have established themselves as specialists in original Inuit Art, providing sales and appraisals for individuals, estates, and other galleries. Carvings are obtained directly from the artists or agents, and also from various Inuit owned and operated cooperatives. The Inuit collection includes over 4,000 sculptures made of soapstone, whalebone, and ivory. The Northwest Coast collection contains mainly ceremonial masks and other traditional items crafted of red and yellow cedar.
Appleton represents many fine artists whose graphics and prints are available for purchase. Stephanie Kewistep, for instance, paints in the coastal style, and Bruce Morrisseau, nephew of renowned Norval Morrisseau, paints in the woodlands style learned from his uncle. Through his work he wants to pass on Ojibway culture and traditions. For those interested in fibre arts, Appleton carries a colourful collection of Inuit wall hangings or “neevingatah” which means ‘something to hang’. Artists like Winnie Tatya and Annie Taipanak continue an art form that began in the 1960s when women started making pictures using the felt scraps left over from making mittens and socks. Depicting centuries-old Inuit traditions, this art form has become highly acclaimed.