Aqjangajuk Shaa

Aqjangajuk Shaa
Photo John Paskievich


Aqjangajuk Shaa was a highly celebrated carver and artist from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU. Coming from an artistic family, Shaa began carving as a teenager and went on to have an impressive artistic career. Though taking up drawing and printmaking briefly as a young artist—with a single print included in the annual Cape Dorset Print Collection—Shaa later focused solely on carving [1].

Northern animals such as caribou, bear and walrus, often depicted in a dynamic state of motion, feature prominently in Shaa’s carvings. He also frequently featured transformation scenes in his large-scale works [2]. Shaa’s carvings incorporate and display the natural changes in the stones he used, using the shape of his figures to highlight the colour changes within the stone.

Shaa has had 11 solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions across Canada, the United States and Europe in galleries ranging form the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York to the Centre Culturel Canadien in Paris, France. His works are included in the public collection of many institutions, such as the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal. In 2003, he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Shaa’s work has appeared multiple times in the Inuit Art Quarterly in addition to a variety of publications.

Artist Work

About Aqjangajuk Shaa


Graphic Arts, Sculpture

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

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Date of Death:

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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.