A traditional Ojibway funeral service was held in Lac Seul First Nation on Tuesday for renowned artist Ahmoo (Allan) Angeconeb, 62, who died on the weekend.
Angeconeb, a print-maker and sculptor, had a storied career as an artist who traveled widely and exhibited his work throughout Canada and Europe and counted the Prince of Monaco among his collectors.
"His quiet genius is less known in his home region than it is abroad," said a memorial post on the Ahnisnabae Art Gallery website.
Angeconeb is perhaps best known in northwestern Ontario for his works that greet visitors to the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. The pair of sculptures, Man from the Caribou Totem, was commissioned by the gallery in 1995.
"He was such a strong print-maker that even his sculptures look like prints — they're 3-D, but you experience them as 2-D pictures," said gallery curator Nadia Kurd.
Kurd remembers Angeconeb for his friendly, joking nature and his entrepreneurial spirit that took him to shows "anywhere and everywhere."
"He traveled widely," she said. "The challenge of living in an isolated community wasn't a barrier for him."
Angeconeb suffered a stroke in recent years and was dealing with the complications of diabetes but continued to work on a series of blue and white pencil drawings on black paper and had plans to return to Europe, Kurd said.
She describes his work as Woodlands style "but the mood is completely different, more subdued but also very energetic."