Portraits of the North

Portraits of the North

Manitoba artist Gerald Kuehl’s stunning graphite pencil drawings go beyond mere portraits to capture his subjects’ very essence. Accompanied by compelling biographies from oral accounts and stories shared with the artist, these storied faces provide valuable insights into the history of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Elders. The challenges and triumphs of the experiences they have survived are clearly etched on their faces, making each portrait a stirring visual monument. The unbelievable artistry of Kuehl’s work, which is so realistic his subjects seem to draw breath, inspires strong emotions in the viewer. Portraits of the North offers a unique perspective of Northern life.

“Everyone walks away from this exhibit a changed person.” – Gerald Kuehl

Thank you to our supporters. This exhibit was partially funded by: Department of Canadian Heritage through its Museums Assistance Program


Languages: English, French, Cree, Inuktitut
Costs: please contact for details.
Size: Flexible layout, 184 Lineal sq. ft or 57 Lineal sq. m.,
Availability: 2020 and beyond.
Security Level: moderate
Number of Crates: 4 lightweight crates
Total Crated Weight:
Original Objects: 30 original or giclée prints
Supplementary Materials: Multilingual text in English, French, Cree, Inuktitut; Teacher’s Guide in French and English


For more information, please contact:

Lending Organization: The Manitoba Museum
Contact Person: Exhibits Manager
Telephone: +1-204-988-0655
Email: hpeters@manitobamuseum.ca
Website: https://manitobamuseum.ca/main/exhibition/portraits-of-the-north/