bone, organic materials, sculptural, sculpture/carving, stone

Artistic Community:

Talurjuaq (Taloyoak), 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.




Talurjuaq (Taloyoak), NU-based sculptor Abraham Kingmiaqtuq is known for his expressive works in the community’s signature dark stone as well as whalebone and ivory. Works such as Spirit of Lightning (1987) capture some of the artist's enduring fascination with depicting spirits as well as scenes of transformation while demonstrating his skill with fine detail. Career highlights include Kingmiaqtuq’s inclusion in a Canadian postage stamp series released in 1978 and focused on travel. The artist’s ivory sculpture Dogsled and Dog Team (c. 1978) joined works by Pudlo Pudlat, Pitseolak Ashoona and Joe Talirunili as part of the series. Kingmiaqtuq was also featured in The Amway Environmental Foundation’s 1991 project Masters Of The Arctic - Art In The Service Of The Earth which recognized the contributions of over 100 circumpolar Indigenous artists. His work can be found in the collections of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and National Gallery of Canada.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
The Inuit Imagination Nov 1993 - March 1994 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Kitikmeot: Sculpture from Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak and Pelly Bay Nov - Dec 1993 Innuit Gallery
Kitikmeot: Land of the Spirits November 1991 Inuit Gallery of Vancouver


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Sculpture "Dog Sled" was reproduced on a Canadian postage stamp in the series "Inuit Travel". 1978 Canada Post

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Amway Environmental Foundation Collection Ada, MI, United States
Inuit Cultural Institute Kangiqliniq, NU, Canada
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada