GRÉGOIRE, Allen (1964)

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Born in Uashat, Allen Grégoire is a Naskapi artist who began engraving and sculpting as a child. He created sculptures out of steatite and saponite (soapstone), caribou antler and moose bone. He also made miniatures figurines, mostly of animals. With the goal of transmitting ancestral knowledge of the Naskapi, the recurrent subjects of his pieces are genre scenes inspired by the culture and history of the Naskapi. In August 2011, he participated in the 6th edition of the Mamu (Ensemble) art symposium, presented at the Musée Shaputuan in Uashat. The theme was “11 Nations” and inspired an exhibition of the same title at the end of the same year at the Espace Gilles-Carle at Montreal’s Marché Bonsecours. One of his pieces was selected by the Royal Canadian Mint. In 2004, he and six other Innu artists founded the Alliance des artisans Pekuakamiulnuatsh. The following year, he demonstrated traditional sculpting techniques at the TamTam Macadam festival in Alma. That same year, 2005, his work was selected to represent the Innu culture at the Louvre Museum in Paris. His work can also be found in the Musée Shaputuan’s private collection in Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam.