Photo: Kellypalik Qimirpik
Credit: Ernie Bies



Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), 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.

Iqirasaq, NU
16 December 1948

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.



Kellypalik Qimirpik was a sculptor based out of Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU. He is known for realistic depictions of dancing wildlife and transformative compositions with human faces emerging from the stone. Qimirpik’s style tended towards realism in his depictions of wildlife, with walrus and musk oxen among his most common subjects. In 2002 Qimirpik created a 30-foot-high inukshuk sculpture installed in Toronto Inukshuk Park (formerly Battery Park). His works are also held in the permanent collections of the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Remembering Kellypalik Qimirpik March 20, 2017 IAQ
Dorset Seen 2017 Leslie Boyd and Sandra Dyck
Guide to Cape Dorset Artists 2008 Kyra Vladykov Fisher


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Small Sculptures by Great Artists Nov 2014 – Jan 2015 Feheley Fine Arts
Kellipalik Qimirpik July – Aug 2014 Ukpik Inuit Art
Telling Stories: Inuit Art from Cape Dorset Dec 2012 – Mar 2013 Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Amway Environmental Foundation Collection Ada, MI, United States
Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada

Edit History

January 22, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
September 12, 2017 Created by: Valerie Senechal Updated by: Inuit Art Foundation