Alasua Amittu

Photo: Davidialuk Alasua Amittu
Credit: Eugen Kedl
Alasua Amittu


drawing, printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Puvirnituq, QC

Date of Birth:

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Nunagiirniraq Camp, QC

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.



Davidialuk Alasua Amittu was a widely respected storyteller from the Nunavgirnaraq winter camp in Nunavik who was greatly inspired by the traditional stories he heard as a child. Amittu began his artistic career in Puvirnituq, Nunavik, QC by carving wood, ivory and stone. During these years, his technique developed rapidly, and he expanded his practice to include drawing before turning to printmaking in the 1970s. Although best known for his sculptures and prints portraying mythical elements, Amittu’s work also frequently dealt with issues of survival—chronicling tragic events that were all too common among those living on the land. His work represents a visual record of important aspects of Inuit oral tradition. He excelled at representing tales of the hunt and mythological narratives with his prints known for their expressive formal qualities. Amittu’s work has toured across the United States, Europe and Asia and can be found in the collections of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, AB and the Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa, ON.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Inuunngittut, Non-human Beings from the Land and the Sea 2010 Frédéric B. Laugrand and Jarich G. Oosten
New Traditions of Inuit Carving 2005 Emily Elisabeth Auger
The Art of Survival 2005 Maria von Finckenstein


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Inuit Woman: Life and Legend in Art Jun 1995 - Feb 1996 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Immaginario Inuit Arte e cultura degli esquimesi canadesi Mar - July 1995 Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Arctic Spirit 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art July 1994 Frye Art Museum


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly 2014 Inuit Art Foundation
Povungnituk Annual Print Collection 1982 Povungnituk Co-Operative
Povungnituk Annual Print Collection 1978 Co-operative Association of Povungnituk

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Victoria, BC, Canada
Art Gallery of Guelph Guelph, ON, Canada

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October 20, 2017 Created by: Alice Brassard Updated by: Rebecca Gray