Photo: Luke Anowtalik
Credit: Ingo Hessel


bone, drawing, sculpture/carving, stone

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.

Kivalliq Region, NT

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.



Luke Anowtalik was born in an Ihalmiut camp near Ennadai Lake, NU. Anowtalik is known for creating small figures out of caribou antler, amorphous stone sculptures of families and colourful coloured pencil drawings. His works have been viewed as minimalist in form and surrealist in content. Anowtalik passed away in 2006. His works are held in the Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, QC, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Imagination Takes Shape: Inuit Art From the Robert and Judith Toll Collection 2014 Lucie Teegarden; Robert Toll; Genevieve M LeMoine;
North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary 2013 James Heller and Nancy G. Heller
City Art Lover Donates Inuit Collection to WAG August 27, 2012 Alison Mayes


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Arviat Originals May 2005 Feheley Fine Arts
Keewatin 2000 2000 Spirit Wrestler Gallery
Horizons 1999 Inuit Gallery of Vancouver

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada

Edit History

January 15, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
September 12, 2017 Created by: Meg Gaudon Updated by: Inuit Art Foundation