Photo: Judas Ullulaq



Artistic Community:

Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven), NU

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Judas Ullulaq was a sculptor who worked primarily in stone using mixed-media accents such as whalebone, ivory, antler, bone, sinew and musk-ox horn. Originally from Talurjuaq (Taloyoak), NU, who later moved to Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven), NU. Ullulaq created figures characterized by expressive faces with staring, inlaid eyes or flaring nostrils and gaping mouths, a style also embodied in the works of his nephew Karoo Ashevak. These elements give Ullulaq’s art a strong expressive and emotional presence. His work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally in over 90 solo and group shows and are represented in many permanent collections including the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba, the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC, the National Gallery in Ottawa, ON, and the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
News Roundup: Millions in Art Sales Hammered Down at Canada’s Fall Auctions November 21, 2019 Canadian Art
Choice: Judas Ullulaq, Inuruutuq Spring 2018 Darlene Coward Wight
Judas Ullulaq: An Interview by Simeonie Kunuk with Additional Questions by Janet McGrath Summer 1995 Judas Ullulaq and Simeonie Kunnuk


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Name Year Gallery
Inuit Sculpture: Classic Works Dec 2, 2017 - Jan 6, 2018 Marion Scott Gallery
Ijurnaqtut: Whimsy, Wit and Humour in Inuit Art Nov 22, 2010 - Jan 30, 2011 Carleton University Art Gallery
Art from the Top of the World: The Story of the Inuit at 360 June - Aug 1997 Isaacs/Inuit Gallery


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Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Summer 1998
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Summer 1995
Cover of Up Here Magazine October/November 1991

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Ackland Art Museum Chapel Hill, NC, United States
Amway Environmental Foundation Collection Ada, MI, United States
Art Gallery of Guelph Guelph, ON, Canada