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Special Artworks

Lucassie Ikkidluak from Kimmirut has been carving since 1967. His stunning Muskox-en are stoicly standing in the Arctic snowstorm awaiting the sun to come out again.

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Muskox-en by Lucassie Ikkidluak, Kimmirut

Dancing Bear by Qoraq Nungusitok, Cape Dorset

Qoraq was born in Iqaluit 1986. He began his artistic endeavors at the age of 13. He learned how to carve by watching his father, well known artist Tukiki Manumee.  Qoraq’s uncles, Axangayu Shaa and Qavavau Manumee are also talented artists.

His favorite subject is the polar bear. He depicts them in a natural style with well proportions offering a glance at the muscles.

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Pootoogook learned to carve from his master carver father, Lukta, and has been sculpting for many years. He has exhibited widely and was included in the 1989 “Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks” that toured for many years.

His whimsical Owls are unique and whip a smile on everybody's face.

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Owl by Pootoogook Qiatsuk, Iqaluit

Dancing Bear by Qoraq Nungusitok, Cape Dorset

Again a stunning Dancing Bear by Qoraq Nungusuitok - yet in a different stone. Even in the harder marble the artist depicts the proportions very well.


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Billy was born near Arviat and has lived his whole life in the community.  Billy has said “ I learned to carve by watching a lot of older people, then I just picked up some stone and started chipping away”.

Billy has said “Inuit art reflects our culture but it’s for everybody.”  According to him, Inuit art is about “our animals or our life because it’s who we are.”

Typical for his artwork are the traditional subjects depicted in a complete modern style.

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Mother and Child by Billy Kuksuk, Arviat

Dancing Bear by Nuna Parr, Cape Dorset

Nuna was born near Cape Dorset and lived with his adoptive parents, the graphic artists Parr and Eleeshushe. The family moved to Cape Dorset in 1960, after Parr was injured in an accident, and the young Nuna started carving while he was still in school. His interest in hunting and his regard for the animal life of the Arctic are directly reflected in his work. His rounded forms have great movement and a natural flow with the grain of the stone, as if both were made for each other. He has been carving for forty years, and his work continues to be shown nationally and internationally.

Excerpt from Cape Dorset Sculpture, 2005.
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The son of Tayaraq and master carver Qavaroak (Kabubuwa) Tunnillie, Ashevak has a style that embraces, but is distinct from, his father’s. His work embodies a fluid sense of movement and incorporates the inner nature of the particular stone. Skilled at carving in the round, Ashevak’s use of positive and negative space gives his sculptures an openness of design and a strong presence. His work was included in the 1989 “Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks,” which toured for more than a decade.

Excerpt from Cape Dorset Sculpture, 2005.
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Walking Bears by Ashevak Tunnillie, Cape Dorset




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