Stanley Elongnak Klengenberg
Cold and Hungry, c. 1985
charcoal on paper
58.5 x 48 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from The Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation Inc., the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Naylor, funds administered through The Winnipeg Foundation, and the Volunteer Committee to the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Stanley Klengenberg represents the third generation of an artistic family from the community of Holman in the western Arctic. He was the grandson of Victor Ekootak, one of the pioneers of the Holman print program, and the son of Elsie and Patrick Akovak Klengenberg. By the mid-1980s, Klengenberg was one of the most promising graphic artists in Holman. His life was cut short by his tragic suicide in 1999. This is the artist’s best-known print, stencilled by his mother Elsie Klengenberg from an expressive, charcoal drawing. This dark, unromanticized image of a man with a gaunt, starved face is one of the most haunting works to be created by an artist in Holman.