Eli Sallualuk

Eli Sallualuk


sculpture/carving, stone

Artistic Community:

Puvirnituq, QC



Date of Birth:

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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.



Eli Sallualuk Qinuajua was a sculptor of fantastical and surreal works. Qinuajua’s carvings alternate between highly polished surfaces and more roughly etched stone, providing each work with a sense of energy and movement compounded by the artist’s use of tangled limbs and tentacle-like shapes. After winning first prize in a local sculpture contest in 1967, Qinuajua gained a wide following that effectively marked the beginning of his commercial art career. Since then, his work has been exhibited internationally in countries including Japan and Germany and is held in many private and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
INUA Catalogue 2021
Surreal and Stunning: Inuit Fantastic Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery September 8, 2014 Robin Jeffrey
Inuit Fantastic Art Fall 2014 Darlene Coward Wight


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Strange Beasts: Surrealist Sculptures by Eli Sallualu Qinaujua September 28 - November 2, 2020 First Arts
Inuit Fantastic Art June 2014 - Oct 2014 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Vision and Form: The Norman Zepp-Judith Varga Collection of Inuit Art Oct - Nov 2003 Marion Scott Gallery

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Musée des beaux-arts Montréal Montreal, QC, Canada
Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada

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September 18, 2017 Created by: Caledonia Dionne Updated by: Inuit Art Foundation