Credit: Courtesy Nunavik Art Alive


drawing, printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Puvirnituq, QC

Date of Birth:

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Date of Death:

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Joe Talirunili was an artist from Nunavik, well known for his prints, drawings and sculptures. Influenced by his memory and stories of his people, his sculptures depict traditional scenes, animals, humans and boats. Recording life in the Arctic as it was at the turn of the 20th century was a primary artistic focus for Talirunili, who was compelled to chronicle stories of the past as a testimony to the old ways. Unpolished, his sculptures can appear fragile and are a mix of different, often found materials like bones, wood, sealskin, plastic or string. Talirunili holds the record for highest price ever reached by an Inuit artist at auction in 2019 for Migration Boat (c. early-mid 1970s). His works have been featured in dozens of exhibitions and are found in public collections around the world.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
INUA Catalogue 2021
Stones Bones and Stitches- Storytelling Through Inuit Art 2007 Shelly Falconer and Shawna White
“Making Art in Nunavik: A Brief Historical Overview,” 1998 Maria Von Finckenstein


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Migrations and Movement 2014 Art Gallery of Ontario
Stones, Bones and Stitches 2007 McMichael Canadian Art Collection
ItuKiagâtta! Inuit Sculpture from the Collection of the TD Bank Financial Group 2005 National Gallery of Canada


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Achievement Year Organization
The artist contributed several prints to be used in the Puvirnituq calendar of 1979. 1979
The artist contributed a print to be used in the Puvirnituq calendar of 1978. 1978
Joe Talirunili's sculpture 'Migration' was depicted on a 1978 Canadian fourteen cent stamp. 1978

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of San Fransisco San Fransisco, California

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April 11, 2019 Profile edited by alice zerini-le reste