Credit: Gabriel Gely


printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake), 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.


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.




George Tataniq was a carver who began making art in Qamani’tuaq in the early 1960s. Tataniq’s early works showed promise and immediately caught the attention of local arts officers who encouraged the artist to create, despite his initial resistance. His work quickly became sought after and collected by individuals and institutions in the South. Over the course of his career, Tataniq came to be known for his transformation scenes and tender depictions of mothers with children. Tataniq’s work can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON, the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
10 Major Sculptures June 2016 Marion Scott Gallery
Baker Lake Carvings Nov 2014 - Mar 2015 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Art Forms Winter 2014 Dec 2014 - Jan 2015 Marion Scott Gallery

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Carleton University Art Gallery Ottawa, ON, Canada

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December 16, 2019 Profile edited by IAQ
March 7, 2019 Publication History and Exhibition History added by Michael Olender