Eli
Weetaluktuk

Eli
Weetaluktuk

Medium:

sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Inukjuak, QC

Date of Birth:

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1910

Date of Death:

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1958

Work

Biography

Living in a camp located 40 kilometres south of Inukjuak, QC, Eli Weetaluktuk and his two brothers began creating stone carvings in the early 1950s after the Hudson’s Bay Company post in Inukjuak started purchasing sculptures for export to southern markets. As hunters, Weetaluktuk and his siblings harvested walrus, making use of the ivory in what is largely considered some of the earliest examples of ivory inlay in Inuit sculpture. This experimentation extended to other innovative materials as well, such as melted phonograph records, used by the artist to adorn his sculptures with tunniit and other patterning. Weetaluktuk work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba and Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa, ON, among many others.View Long Biography and Citations

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Carleton University Art Gallery Ottawa, ON, Canada
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada
Winnipeg Art Gallery Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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April 11, 2019 Profile edited by Arnaud Lescure
November 15, 2018 Profile added by Danielle Printup