Photo: Iyola Kingwatsiak making prints, Kinngait, Nunavut, 1960
Credit: Photo Rosemary Gilliat Eaton, courtesy Library and Archives Canada, Photo (CMC)


drawing, printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

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Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

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.



Iyola (Iola) Kingwatsiak was born in Kinngait (Cape Dorset) in the Qikiqtaaluk Region (Baffin Island). He was a visual artist that specialized in the creation of carvings, drawings and prints. Kingwatsiak started to develop his artistic practice in Kinngait and resided there for the remainder of his life. Kingwatsiak commenced his artistic practice as a carver and later became known for his creation of prints in Kinngait between 1959 and 1977, as well as from 1984 to 1988. He was additionally noted for creating artworks that featured Inuit figures within northern environments and Arctic animals, such as birds, whales, walruses and bears.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
Contemporary Inuit Drawings: The Gift Collection of Frederick and Lucy S. Herman 1993 Muscarelle Museum of Art (Williamsburg)
The Artists Speak: Iyola Kingwatsiak, Kananginak Pootoogook and Jimmy Manning Spring 1992 Marybelle Mitchell and Ovilu Goo-Doyle
Arctic Ice: Sculptures in Marble by the Artists of Cape Dorset, Northwest Territories 1992 Marion Scott Gallery


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Name Year Gallery
ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ PRINTED TEXTILES FROM KINNGAIT STUDIOS December 7, 2019 to August 30, 2020 The Textile Museum of Canada
Cross-Currents: Cape Dorset in the 1960's June 2001 Feheley Fine Arts
Drawings from Cape Dorset Feb - Mar 2001 Albers Gallery of Inuit Art

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art Fort Worth, TX, United States
Amway Environmental Foundation Collection Ada, MI, United States

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June 5, 2019 Profile edited by Amy Jenkins