Photo: Nelson Takkiruq



Artistic Community:

Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven), NU

Date of Birth:

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Nelson Takkiruq was an sculptor based in Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven), NU who worked primarily in stone and whalebone. Best known for the emotion, animation and abstraction of his sculptures, Takkiruq’s work reveals his broad knowledge of Inuit legends, lore and life on the land, resulting in instantly recognizable works that are also stylistically similar to his brother, Judas Ullulaq, that make use of techniques such as inlay to create highly expressive faces. He was a respected community member and hunter, and was actively involved in the local arts community. His work has been included in more than 40 exhibitions and he has pieces in the collection of the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba, among others.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
Art and Expression of the Netsilik 2000 Darlene Coward Wight
In Memoriam: Nelson Takkiruq Fall 1999 IAQ
Northern Rock: Contemporary Inuit Stone Sculpture 1999 Susan J Gustavison


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Selections from the Lowell Schoenfeld and Josephine Mitchell Collection of Inuit Sculpture Sept 12 - Nov 6, 2005 Carleton University Art Gallery
Art and Expression of the Netsilik Dec 7, 1998 - April 26, 1999 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Northern Rock: Contemporary Inuit Stone Sculpture 1999 McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada
The Rooms St. John's, NL, Canada