Artistic Community:

Kimmirut, 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.


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A prolific carver stone and ivory, Mosesie Kolola was known for intricate camp scenes and depictions of life on the land which is reflective of his own upbringing. His work appeared in many seminal exhibitions across Canada, including Grasp Tight the Old Ways: Selections from the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1983 that travelled nationally for two years. His work in stone such as Winter Camp (c. 1960-69) was distinctive for its high shine and smooth finish, with soft edges and undulating curves. He was also known for carefully incised walrus tusks that depicted human beings and arctic animals. In addition to his work as an artist, Kolola was also an active arts administrator and leader and was elected twice to the Board of Directors of Canadian Arctic Producers Co-operatives Ltd., first in 1974 and again in 1978. Kolola’s work is held in many public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of History.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
Grasp Tight the Old Ways: Selections from the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art 1983 Jean Blodgett


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Name Year Gallery
Hudson's Bay Company Collection of Inuit Art May - Aug 1992 Winnipeg Art Gallery
The Inuit Print and Sculpture 1960-1980 February 1992 Westdale Gallery
Mother and Child: Selections from the Inuit Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario Jul - Sept 1989 Art Gallery of Ontario

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Galerie Art Inuit Brousseau Quebec City, QC, Canada

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March 7, 2019 Profile edited by Michael Olender
March 21, 2018 Created By: Lera Kotsyuba