Photo: Jaco Ishulutaq
Credit: Museum of Inuit Art



Artistic Community:

Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung), 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.




Encouraged by his mother, well-known graphic artist Elisapee Ishulutaq, Jaco Ishulutaq began making art at the age of 16, learning to carve by observing his grandfather. Based in Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung), NU, Ishulutaq sculpts in a variety of materials, such as antler, ivory, whalebone and soapstone, and has also experimented with graphic art. Over the course of his career, many of his drawings have been turned into tapestries and prints by artists at the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts in Panniqtuuq, Nunavut. Considered one of the most well-known artists in his community, Ishulutaq had a landmark solo show at the Museum of Inuit Art in Toronto in 2012, and was awarded the Nunavut Commissioner’s Arts Award in 2018 in recognition of his contributions to the region’s visual arts.View Long Biography and Citations


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Name Year Gallery
Summertime September - October 2011 Puffin Gallery
Rhythm and Drum Dance February 2011 Kulik Art Inuit
Inuit Sculptures and Drawings November - December 2010 Canadian Guild of Crafts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Amway Environmental Foundation Collection Ada, MI, United States
Laurentian University Museum and Arts Centre Sudbury, ON, Canada
Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum Brunswick, Maine, U.S.A.