Photo: Pierre Aupilardjuk
Credit: Shary Boyle


ceramics, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), 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.


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.



Pierre Aupilardjuk is a ceramic artist who works out of the Matchbox Gallery studios in Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU. Pierre’s father, Mariano Aupilardjuk, was also a respected artist and elder and had a strong creative influence on Aupilardjuk. The importance of Aupilardjuk's familial relationships and community ties is evident in works such as "Two Friends Sharing Gossip" (n.d.) as well as in Aupilardjuk’s artistic approach which often involves collaborating with other artists in the studios. In addition to his artistic practice, Aupilardjuk is a hunter who spends significant periods of time on the land. Aupilardjuk often brings this skill into his artworks, translating and sharing a distinct perception of the land and the living things that occupy it in the forms he creates. Aupilardjuk’s work has been exhibited widely throughout Canada, including as part of “Made in Kangiqliniq: Ceramics and Sculpture from Rankin Inlet” (2007-2008) a Kangiqliniq ceramics exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
“Àbadakone” Creates Community November 21, 2019 Maya Wilson Sanchez
Artist Book Signing at the AGO Spring 2018 Inuit Art Foundation
Bridge Art with a Huge Bandwidth Summer/Fall 2017 Mireille Perron


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Earthlings Nov 2017 - Jan 2018 Doris McCarthy Gallery
Crafted November 2017 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Can Craft? Craft Can! Aug - Oct 2017 Art Gallery of Burlington


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Gave talk with Darlene Wight October 29, 2016 Inuit Art Society
Kivalliq Representative June 2001 Greenland Arts Festival

Public Collections

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Collection Location
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada
Nunavut Legislative Assembly Iqaluit, NU, Canada
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Yellowknife, NT, Canada

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November 28, 2017 Updated By: Lera Kotsyuba
November 16, 2017 Created by Travis Freeman