Photo: Lukie Airut


bone, jewellry, sculpture/carving, stone

Artistic Community:

Iglulik (Igloolik), 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.

Alanarjuk 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.



Lukie Airut was a carver from Iglulik (Igloolik), NU. Airut’s sculptures were influenced by the land and often featured animals, birds and people in traditional camps. Working primarily in bone, Airut carved in the round with each angle revealing subtle details. In particular, he was known for his elaborate walrus skull sculptures. Utilizing a careful observation and lifelong experience to inspire his pieces, Airut’s work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collections of many major institutions, including the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Airut also studied jewellery design at Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit, NU, where he learned to work on a smaller scale. These skills transferred to his carving practice, as he incorporated miniature figures and fine details into larger pieces of bone. Airut even included detachable jewellery in some of his works, such as the sculpture Shaman Drum Dancer (1996).View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
5 Highlights from the Inuit Art Collection En Route to Winnipeg February 18, 2016 Hilary Bird
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change January/February 2016 James D. Ford et al.
Evidence for Intensive Walrus Hunting by Thule Inuit, Northwest Foxe Basin, Nunavut, Canada February 12, 2013 Sean P. A. Desjardins


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Masterpieces of Canadian Inuit Sculpture Dec 2000 - Feb 2001 The Cultural Center
Traditional Shamanic Themes 1998 Isaacs/Inuit Gallery
Circle of Life 1996 Isaacs/Inuit Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Golden Jubilee Medal 2004 The Governor General of Canada

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Galerie Art Inuit Brousseau Quebec City, QC, Canada
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Yellowknife, NT, Canada

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February 8, 2018 Created By: Lera Kotsyuba