Iola Abraham

Credit: Inuit Art Foundation
Iola Abraham



Artistic Community:

Kimmirut, 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.


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.



A fierce advocate for Inuit artists and traditional practices, Iola Abraham Ikkidluak expressed his deeply held values through his work. Hailing from the community of Kimmirut, NU, Ikkidluak spent the majority of his time carving and being out on the land. As a sculptor, he portrayed a wide range of subject matter from smaller, delicate birds to larger pieces of shamanic spirit transformations. Ikkidluak's sculptures are often recognized for their dynamic movement and animated expressions, carved into the locally sourced serpentinite. His work Man Who Turned Into a Walrus (1997) is an example of this movement and energy, with a man caught mid-dance as his head poking out from the hood of his parka transforms into that of a walrus. Ikkidluak’s sculptures have been included in many exhibitions, most notably touring throughout North America from 1979-1981 in the Smithsonian Institution show, By the Light of the Qulliq. Other works by Ikkidluak have found homes in permanent collections such as the Canada Council Art Bank and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Arts from the Arctic: A Celebratory Exhibition Fall 1993 Jan Ingram
Arts from the Arctic: An Exhibition of Circumpolar Art by Indigenous Artists from Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Sapmi (Lapland), Russia 1993 Anchorage Museum of History and Art
The Swinton Collection of Inuit Art Winter 1988 Arthur Adamson


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Opening Show Mar - July 1995 Geronimo's Studio
Sculpture of the Inuit: Major Works by the Masters of Stone October 1994 Maslak McLeod Canadian Art
Inuit Ivories from the Collection Oct 1992 - Mar 1993 Winnipeg Art Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Fall 1988 Inuit Art Foundation

Public Collections

View All Public Collections
Collection Location
Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, ON, Canada
McMichael Canadian Art Collection Kleinburg, ON, Canada
Toronto-Dominion Bank Collection Toronto, Ontario