Ipeelee, RCA

Photo: Osuitok Ipeelee
Ipeelee, RCA


drawing, printmaking

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.

Neeouleeutalik Camp, NT

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.



Osuitok Ipeelee was an artist originally from the Neeouleeutalik Camp. He first learned to carve by watching his father Ohotok and then by experimenting in his teens with carving wood and other found materials. Eventually moving to Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, Ipeelee became instrumental in the print and carving programs in the community, creating depictions of Arctic animals as well as humans engaged in traditional activities. Caribou were among his preferred subject matter, crafting their elegant bodies from stone and antler, such as his work Standing Caribou (1985). In 1955, along with Peter Pitseolak, Ipeelee directed a team of craftsmen to carve the official mace for the Council of the Northwest Territories. In 1959, he was also commissioned to create a sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II, which was presented to her upon her visit to Canada that same year.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Calendar Fall 2014 Inuit Art Foundation
Great Canadian Lives: A Cultural History of Modern Canada Through the Art of the Obit 2014 Sandra Martin
Images of Justice 2014 Dorothy Eber


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ PRINTED TEXTILES FROM KINNGAIT STUDIOS December 7, 2019 to August 30, 2020 The Textile Museum of Canada
We Lived by Animals 1975 - 1979 Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development of External Affairs, Canada
Wildlife of the Arctic: Eskimo Sculpture September 1977 Pucker/Safrai Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Indspire Award 2004 Indspire
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 1973 Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Amon Carter Museum of American Art Fort Worth, TX, United States
Art Gallery of Guelph Guelph, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada

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September 12, 2017 Created by: Evelyn Richardson-Haughey Updated by: Inuit Art Foundation