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Photo: John Pangnark
Credit: Courtesy of Ken Bell and Library and Archives Canada



Artistic Community:

Arviat, 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.

Windy Lake, 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.



Born in 1920, John Pangnark was an active sculptor from the mid-1960s until his death in 1980. He lived on the land until the 1950s, when he settled in Arviat, NU. Pangnark became known internationally for his abstract representations of human figures and minimalist style. Over the course of his artistic career, his figures had fewer limbs, the genders became more ambiguous and the forms less defined. Among other achievements, Pangnark exhibited at Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japan, and was included in the delegation of artists who travelled to participate in the exposition. His work is held in the collections of the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC, and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, among several other prominent institutions.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Inuit Art at Expo '70 Winter 2018 John Geoghegan
Winnipeg Art Gallery displays new collection of carvings by Inuit artists August 28, 2012 Nunatsiaq News
If It's Old, It Sells: Work From Deceased Inuit Artists Fetches Highest Prices November 17 2006 Jane George


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Modern Vision: Inuit Masterworks from the 1960s and 1970s June - July 2012 Marion Scott Gallery
Pangnark June - July 2006 Marion Scott Gallery
The Jerry Twomey Collection 2003 Winnipeg Art Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Spring 2006 Inuit Art Foundation

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

Edit History

November 23, 2017 Edited by: Rebecca Gray
November 23, 2017 Created by: Concordia Student