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Credit: Inuit Art Foundation



Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

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Date of Death:

Artists may have multiple dates of death listed as a result of when and where they passed away. Similar to date of birth, an artist may have passed away outside of a community centre or in another community resulting in different dates being recorded.


The Igloo Tag Trademark
The Igloo Tag Trademark is an internationally recognized symbol that denotes handmade, original artwork made by Inuit artists in Canada. Established in 1958, the Trademark is now managed by the Inuit Art Foundation. The appearance of the Igloo Tag on an artist profile means they have had the Trademark applied to their artwork.



Omalluq Oshusiaq was a carver of incredible renown. Oshutsiaq began drawing and carving in the 1960s as a teenager and continued to create drawings through the early 1980s, but by that time she had become recognized for her carvings of figures from local serpentinite. Oshutsiaq was one of a handful of female artists from Kinngait who gained international recognition for their carvings. Oshutsiaq made many sculptures of women, particularly mothers, but also carved transformation scenes and figures from Inuit legends. She became well-known for her depictions of women in labour, a theme she explored from the early 1980s to the end of her carving career.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Strange Scenes: Early Cape Dorset Drawings 1993 Jean Blodgett
The Treasured Moment: An Exhibition of Small-Scale Inuit Sculpture 1993


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Small Sculptures by Great Artists Nov 2014 - Jan 2015 Feheley Fine Arts
Animal Power Apr - June 2013 Marion Scott Gallery
Selections from the Lowell Shoenfeld and Josephine Mitchell Collection Apr - June 2013 Marion Scott Gallery

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Hamilton Hamilton, ON, Canada
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec Montreal, Quebec, Canada
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada

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December 12, 2019 Profile edited by IAQ