Credit: Courtesy Inuit Art Foundation


animation, drawing, literary arts

Artistic Community:

Ottawa, ON

Date of Birth:

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Nuvuqquq, Qikiqtaaluk, NU

Date of Death:

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A talented illustrator and prolific writer, Alootook Ipellie’s practice celebrated Inuit culture and engaged with contemporary issues affecting Arctic communities. Born in the Qikiqtaaluk Region (Baffin Island), NU and later settling in Ottawa, ON, Ipellie became interested in comics and developed a strong graphic style that included fantastically transformative imagery rooted in Inuit narratives. His prose and poetry were featured in multiple anthologies, and he published a book of written and visual imagery titled Arctic Dreams and Nightmares (1993). In addition to editing Inuit Today, Ipellie drew comics for Inuit Monthly and, later, Nunatsiaq News, that blended satire with the encroaching technology, industry and politics impacting modern Inuit life.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Alootook Ipellie Retrospective Winter 2018-2019 Inuktitut Magazine
Alootook Ipellie Inducted into Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame April 26, 2019 IAQ
Alootook Ipellie, Fiona Smyth are the 2019 inductees to Canadian cartooning hall of fame April 24, 2019 Jane van Koeverden


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Alootook Ipellie: Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border Sept – Dec 2018 Carleton University Art Gallery
Treasures of the Arctic Oct - Nov 2010 Thayngen Cultural Center
Political and Satirical Cartoons 2006 Greifswald City Hall


View Filmography and Details
Title Release Date Role
Toonik Time: An Inuit Spring Festival 2007 Writer
North: Landscape of the Imagination 1993 Author
Across Cultures 1984 Animation (pen and ink drawings)

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, ON, Canada
Carleton University Art Gallery Ottawa, ON, Canada
Richard F. Brush Art Gallery Canton, NY, United States

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February 1, 2018 Created By: Lera Kotsyuba