bone, sculpture/carving, stone

Artistic Community:

Iglulik (Igloolik), 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.


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.



Alain Iyerak was a sculptor from Iglulik (Igloolik), NU, who worked in bone, stone, and antler to depict traditional Inuit life. His son is the sculptor Joseph Qulluak Iyerak. Iyerak’s works are held in public collections at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Musse de beaux-arts in Montreal, among others, and he was most recently featured in the 2018 exhibit Ivory, Bone, Antler and Horn: Masterworks of Inuit Sculpture at the McMichael Gallery. One of his sculptures is on permanent display at the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly, and another was presented to the Speaker of the House of Commons in 1967 for use in the Commonwealth Room of the Ottawa Parliament Building.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Winnipeg Collects: Inuit Art from Private Collections 1987 Darlene Wight
Inuit Art: A Fantastic Success Story 1985 Sandra Souchotte
The Mulders’ Collection of Eskimo Sculpture 1976 Jean Blodgett


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Ivory, Bone, Antler and Horn: Masterworks of Inuit Sculpture February-May 2018 McMichael Art Gallery
Embellishment: Horn and Tusk; Past and Present January-February 1985 Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
Contemporary Sculpture from Igloolik December 1980 Pucker/Safrai Gallery

Public Collections

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Collection Location
MacKenzie Art Gallery Niagara-on-the-lake, ON
McMichael Canadian Art Collection Kleinburg, ON, Canada
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal Montreal