Jesse Tungilik is an interdisciplinary artist based in Iqaluit, NU. He has worked in many artistic disciplines, starting as a ceramicist at the Matchbox Gallery in Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU (beginning at just eight years old, and continuing into adulthood) before working in Mathew Nuqingaq’s Aayuraa Studio in Iqaluit as a jewelry artist specializing in baleen, muskox horn, ivory and silver. Tungilik also works in mixed-media sculpture, with pieces exhibited at the Nunavut Arts Festival, Great Northern Arts Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Oceanic Museum of Monaco, among others; his work can be found in both public and private collections nationally and internationally, such as the Museum Cerny Inuit Collection in Bern, Switzerland.
Tungilik has served as both a Manager of Cultural Industries for the Government of Nunavut and as the Director of the Nunavut Art and Craft Association; he is currently the Chairperson for the Board of Trustees for Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum (in Iqaluit), and is a member of the Inuit governance group of the Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership SSHRC Partnership Grant (2018-2025). Tungilik recently worked with the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Government of Nunavut to commission new artwork and select collections based work for installation in the new Iqaluit airport; he was one of two Artists in Residence for the 2018 TD North/South Artist Exchange, and will be included in the forthcoming inaugural exhibition of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Centre, opening in 2020.