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drawing, printmaking, sculpture/carving, stone

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), 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.


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.




Niviaksiak was a sculptor and printmaker whose use of abstraction, negative space, vibrant colours and combination of perspectives distinguish his style. Niviaksiak contributed nine images to the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection and his print Man Hunting at a Seal Hole in the Ice (1959) is considered one of the most reproduced images to come out of the Kinngait Studios. His work is included in the collections of numerous major museum collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Museum of History and the National Gallery of Canada.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Art of Cape Dorset 2016 Dorset Fine Arts
Listening to the Stone: Inuit Art from the Bieri Family Collection 2015 Veronica Passalacqua, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Heather L Igloliorte
Spoken in Stone: An Exhibition of Inuit Art 1989 Katherine Lipsett


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Northern Exposure 25 Sept 2014 - 05 Jan 2015 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration 2011-2015 Canadian Museum of History
Listening to the Stone : Inuit Art from the Bieri Family Collection 06 Jan -11 June 2015 C.N. Gorman Museum


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 1960
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 1959

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Brooklyn Museum New York, NY, United States
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada

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January 8, 2018 Created by: Gabrielle Montpetit; Updated by: Rebecca Gray
September 12, 2017