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drawing, printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung), 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.

Umanaqjuaq, NU

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.




Born in Umanaqjuaq (Blacklead Island), NU, Simon Shaimaiyuk (1915 – 1999) was a graphic artist, printmaker and sculptor who lived and worked in Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung), NU. Although he carved occasionally, Shaimaiyuk was most well-known for his descriptive drawings and prints. Many of the subjects the he drew came from memories, visions and Inuit legends through which he hoped to accurately portray how difficult life was for his generation.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Historic Events and Cultural Reality: Drawings of Simon Shaimaiyuk Spring 1997 July Papatsie
Art & Soul: A roaring fire destroyed their home, but not their dreams June 1995 John Houston
Useful Bits of Bone and Ikpiarjuk, the Sculpture of Arctic Bay Summer 1988 George Swinton


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Inuit Graphic Art from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Aug - Oct 1989 Winnipeg Art Gallery
From the Pangnirtung Weave Shop June 1988 The Guild Shop
Useful Bits of Bone July - Nov 1987 Winnipeg Art Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Pangnirtung Print Collection 1994 Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts
Pangnirtung Print Collection 1992 Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts
Pangnirtung Print Collection 1986 Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Dennos Museum Center Traverse City, MI, United States