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bone, sculpture/carving, stone

Artistic Community:

Inukjuak, QC



Date of Birth:

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Inujjuaq, QC

Date of Death:

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Akeeaktashuk was a sculptor from Inukjuak, Nunavik, QC. Many of Akeeaktashuk's works focused on human and animal subjects, often including small details such as beads for eyes. Highly prolific, Akeeaktashuk depicted voluptuous human figures and dynamic animal forms in highly polished soapstone and ivory. Often carving women or mothers and children such as Mother and Child (1953), his work was often finished with delicate inlay. Living on the land, Akeeaktashuk started carving early in life and is considered one of the best carvers from the region during his lifetime, creating works with fluid lines and gentle curves. His work has been exhibited widely in Canada, the United States and internationally, and is in major public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Art auctioneer 'overjoyed' with result; Bidders from around the world generate sales greater than $500,000 November 14, 2011 Zev Singer
Rare Inuit art on the auction block; Masterpieces from Robertson Galleries collection go on sale Sunday November 12, 2011 Sarah Rogers
The beauty of a stone caribou changed an artist's life August 2, 2009 John Kalbfleisch


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
In the Shadow of the Sun: Perspectives on Contemporary Native Art 1993 Canadian Museum of History
Arctic Wildlife: The Art of the Inuit May - Aug 1992 Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
The First Passionate Collector June - Nov 1991 Winnipeg Art Gallery

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
La Guilde | The Guild Montreal, QC, Canada

Edit History

January 17, 2018 Updated By: Lera Kotsyuba
September 12, 2017