Photo: Paul Toolooktook
Credit: Inuit Art Foundation


printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake), NU

Date of Birth:

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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.



Paul Toolooktook (1947—2003) was a carver based in Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), NU. Born in the Tipjalik (Beverly Lake) area of the Kivalliq region in Nunavut, he hails from an artistic family. Toolooktook’s mother, Martha Aptanik, was a carver and printmaker. Basil Aptanik, his step-brother, was also an artist. Toolooktook was involved with the Uyaraqtaqtiit artists’ association during the mid 1990s. He is noted for his stone carvings that frequently show human or animal figures. Toolooktook’s carvings also present the numerous relationships between humans, animals and spirituality.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Inuit Art at Expo '70 Winter 2018 John Geoghegan
Inspiration: Four Decades of Sculpture by Canadian Inuit 1996 Marion Scott Gallery
Not Just a Dancing Step = Plus qu'un pas de danse: An Inuit Art Exhibition organized by Galerie d'art Vincent, Chateau Laurier 1996


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Name Year Gallery
An Inuit Perspective: Baker Lake Sculpture May 26 – Dec 2, 2001 Art Gallery of Ontario
Not Just a Dancing Step... Jan - Feb 1996 Galerie D'Art Vincent
Inspiration: Four Decades of Sculpture Nov 1995 Marion Scott Gallery

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Amway Environmental Foundation Collection Ada, MI, United States
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada