The creation of a Government of Nunavut employee on the cover of the territory’s telephone directory
An artist from Iqaluit used his computer skills and graphic design experience to win Northwestel’s Nunavut phone book cover contest.
Francis Lee’s work, entitled “Caribou grazing in Auyuittuq National Park”, is featured as a cover image in the territory’s new telephone directory.
âSometimes I have a hard time expressing my feelings and emotions in words. My artwork is a way of expressing myself, âLee said in a Northwestel press release on the award.
Lee, a network technician with the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Community and Government Services, says the digital painting is his interpretation of Mount Thor, Auyuittuq’s landmark.
âI was fascinated by Pangnirtung when I went there for the first time, it was amazing. I love all the hills and mountains. The beauty of the landscape is what inspired me. I just thought about the land and the grazing land of the caribou and I thought to myself âthat works a bitâ. The park is one of my passions and one day I would like to hike there, âhe said.
Northwestel has featured the work of northern artists on its regional telephone directory covers for over 30 years.
Northwestel selects the winners, in consultation with the local arts community, and each winning entry receives $ 3,000.
A first-time participant in the annual competition, Lee says he created his winning work using the same style and technique used in Chinese watercolors, albeit digitally.
âI’ve never really been trained in any form of painting, so when it comes to painting landscapes, I do everything digital,â Lee said. âI love Chinese watercolors and I had a few brushes in Photoshop. This is the special thing about digital painting: you can create these brushes in Photoshop to give you the real feel of watercolor. So I thought, ‘Let’s try this method and see how it works.’ â
Lee said he was surprised his artwork was selected for the cover of the Nunavut repertoire.
âHonestly, I couldn’t even believe I actually won. I’m very happy to be part of Northwestel’s winning group and it’s great for everyone to see my work, âhe said.
Northwestel said the availability of directories in each community may vary due to COVID-19 pandemic measures, but the directories can be retrieved at designated pickup locations.
Northwestel directories are also available in line.