Ishulutaq, OC

Ishulutaq, OC


drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung), NU

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Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC was a renowned artist whose drawings, paintings and sculptures offered recollections of traditional Inuit life and contrasted with her experiences and the issues she saw in the contemporary world. Born in 1925 at Kagiqtuqjuaq, a small seasonal camp in the Northwest Territories, Ishulutaq moved to Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung), NU, in the late 1960s where she began her artistic practice. A chronicler of domestic life, Ishulutaq is known for her expressive and saturated images of daily life in the Canadian Arctic, many of which are autobiographical. Her work was driven by a narrative thread that paired traditional ways of life, before settlements, alongside contemporary social and environmental issues affecting Inuit across the North. Isulutaq was among the first artists to make prints with the Pangnirtung Co-operative, now the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts, and her work is included in many notable collections including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Quebec. In 2014 she was awarded the Order of Canada for her contributions to the cultural and economic health of her community.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
INUA Catalogue 2021
Social Fabric November 2019 Jessica Davey-Quantick
Elisapee Ishulutaq's art helped define how the Inuit are seen around the world January 4, 2019 CBC Radio


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Shifting Geographies September 19 – October 26, 2019 University of Alberta Museums
raise a flag: Works from Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015) September 16 - December 10, 2017 Onsite Gallery
Elisapee Ishulutaq: Remembering a Future, Too Oct - Nov 2016 Marion Scott Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
2018 Pangnirtung Print Collection 2018 Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts
Order of Canada 2014 Governor General of Canada
Pangnirtung Print Collection 1973, 1975-77, 1980, 1982-84, 1986, 1992-2007, 2011 Pangnirtung Print Collection

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, ON, Canada
Indigenous Art Collection, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Gatineau, Quebec

Edit History

December 11, 2018 Edited by Inuit Art Foundation
November 16, 2017 Edited by Ryan Rice