bone, 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.

10 May 1965

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.


A skilled sculptor in both stone and bone, Padlaya Qiatsuk’s sculptures are recognizable for their expressive faces—often with wide eyes—and forms full of movement and life. Born in 1965 in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, Qiatsuk is the son of well-known artist Lukta Qiatsuk and his wife, Pudlo. At the age of 12, Qiatsuk learned to carve from his father and other Kinngait artists. His father’s stylistic influence is evident in Qiatsuk’s numerous owl sculptures, for which he is known. In addition to owls, Qiatsuk’s work has featured images of shamanism and transformation, a subject for whom he credits his grandfather Kiakshuk as inspiration. Qiatsuk served as the mayor of Kinngait from 2013 to 2017 and was instrumental in building the new Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop, which opened in 2018. Since retiring as mayor, Qiatsuk has continued to make highly polished sculptures, exhibiting regularly in Canada as well as internationally since 1986.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
2019 Canadian Premier League Awards Fact Sheet November 2019 CANPL.CA Staff


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Name Year Gallery
60 Years: West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Anniversary Exhibition October 2019 - January 2020 Colbourne Street Gallery