Photo: Maudie Okittuq


sculpture/carving, textile

Artistic Community:

Talurjuaq (Taloyoak), 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.

Near Ikpik, Itsuaqtuvik (Thom Bay), NU

The Igloo Tag Trademark
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Maudie Rachel Okittuq is a sculptor from Ikpik (Thom Bay), NU, who currently resides in Talurjuaq (Taloyoak), NU, where she moved in the mid-1960s, becoming among the first in her community to begin carving. Okittuq’s work, typically carved from a single piece of soapstone or serpentinite, draws heavily from shamanism, often depicting spirits and transformation scenes. Her sculptures have been exhibited around the world and are held in major collections across Canada such as those of the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC, and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON. Okittuq’s work has been featured twice on the cover of Inuit Art Quarterly.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Last Look: Maudie Okittuq Spring 2018 Inuit Art Foundation
First Pan Arctic Women's Workshop September 14, 2017 Erin Yunes
Celebrating 30 Years of Supporting Inuit Artists Fall 2017 Alysa Procida


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Supernatural: Inuit Fantastic Sculpture Mar - Apr 2006 Marion Scott Gallery
Inuit: When Words Take Shape Dec 2002 - July 2003 National History Museum of Lyon
Art and Expression of the Netsilik Dec 1997 - Apr 1998 Winnipeg Art Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Fall/Winter 2011 Inuit Art Foundation
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Spring 1998 Inuit Art Foundation

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Inuit Cultural Institute Arviat, NU, Canada

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January 11, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
September 18, 2017 Created by: Camelia Melillo Update by: Inuit Art Foundation