drawing, painting, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Pangnirtung and Iqaluit, 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.

Ikirasaq, NU

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.




Full of movement and life, Davie Atchealak’s signature dancing bears and drum dancers can be viewed as experiments in balance, composition and considered weighting with many gracefully paused mid-turn on a single limb. Born near Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, the artist lived and worked in Panniqtuq (Pangnirtung) and Iqaluit, NU. Atchealak’s works have been described as demonstrating a sense of heroic masculinity—a style exemplified by his large carvings of bears and humans with pronounced musculature. Known for his expressive depictions of drum dancers and dancing bears, his figures are captured in the middle of rapid or vigorous motion, such as in Running Bear (2005). Working primarily in stone and bone, Atchealak’s exuberant figures can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery and permanently on display in the Vancouver International Airport among other venues.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
Not Just a Dancing Step: An Inuit Art Exhibition organized by Galerie d'Art Vincent, Chateau Laurier 1996 Galerie d'Art Vincent
Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of Art and Crafts from Dene and Inuit of Canada 1995 Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
Immaginario Inuit: Arte e Cultura Degli Esquimesicanadesi 1995 Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Verona


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Name Year Gallery
Not Just a Dancing Step... January–February 1996 Galerie D'Art Vincent
Images from the Arctic December 1995 Galerie D'Art Vincent
Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts from Dene and Inuit of Canada May–September 1995 Institute of American Indian Arts Museum


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Achievement Year Organization
Asked to submit sketches for low-relief carvings for the exterior of the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa 1980 Public Services and Procurement Canada

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Amway Environmental Foundation Collection Ada, MI, United States
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada