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Photo: Qavaroak Tunnillie
Credit: Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery



Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.


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.




Qavaroak Tunnillie (1928 – 1993) was a prolific sculptor from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU. Interested in creating playful relationships between form and shape, Tunnillie’s works focus largely upon movement, fluid lines and clever compositions. Tending to work on a grander scale, the artist’s sculptures are often comprised of up to three figures, intertwined with one another.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
The men behind the mace April 18, 1997 Annette Bourgeois
Carved from the Land: the Eskimo Museum Collection 1994 Lorraine E. Brandson
Kabubwa Tunnillie March 28, 1992 Inuit Gallery of Vancouver


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Vision and Form: The Norman Zepp - Judith Varga Collection Oct - Nov 2003 Marion Scott Gallery
Small Sculptures by Great Artists November 2001 Feheley Fine Arts
Spirit of the Walrus Apr - May 2001 Feheley Fine Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Amway Environmental Foundation Collection Ada, MI, United States
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada