Photo: Leo Napayok
Credit: Michael Nelson Productions


ceramics, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU

Date of Birth:

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Salliq (Coral Harbour), NU



Leo Napayok spent the majority of his youth between the towns of Salliq (Coral Harbor), NU and Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU. Both of his parents were also artists and he began his creative practice at a young age. For much of his career, Napayok has worked as a carver in soapstone, antler and ivory. More recently, he has moved to working in ceramics, collaborating with fellow artists at the Matchbox Gallery in Kangiqliniq. Napayok is known for using a low-level relief carving technique on the ceramics, resulting in a new style previously unseen.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Ceramics from Rankin Inlet December 3, 2018 Heidi McKenzie
Group Effort: Collaborative Works Winter 2018 Inuit Art Quarterly
Northern Visions: Contemporary Inuit Art Ceramics Winter 2018 Sarah Chate


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Northern Visions Jun - Sept 2017 Gardiner Museum
Earthlings Jan 21 - May 7, 2017 Esker Foundation
The Matchbox Gallery: A Retrospective April 2014 Museum of Inuit Art


View Filmography and Details
Title Release Date Role
Inuit Artists from the Arctic August 20, 2011 Artist
Leo Napayok on Inuit Traditions 2010

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Gardiner Museum Toronto, ON
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada

Edit History

December 1, 2017 Updated by: Lera Kotsyuba
November 16, 2017 Created by Travis Freeman