printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Ulukhaktok (Holman), NT

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.

Kangiqsuq, 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.




Victor Ekootak was an artist based in Ulukhaktok (Holman), NT. In the early 1960s, Ekootak and his wife Nerenoak were spending time in and around Ulukhaktok and in 1962 they settled in the community. In 1961, Ekootak co-founded the Holman Eskimo Co-operative and was one of the first artists to produce drawings and prints in the early 1960s. In 1965, Ekootak, along with other artists in the Co-operative, developed the first annual Holman Print Collection of 30 limited edition prints. Along with Helen Kalvak, Jimmy Memorana, Harry Egotak and William Kagyut, the collective utilized various printmaking techniques to create the collection, which was well received. Twelve of Ekootak’s prints were showcased between 1965 and 1966, with many of Ekootak’s prints being displayed at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Elsie Klengenberg: Keeping the Stories Alive Fall/Winter 2004 Sonia Gunderson
The Birth of the Cooperative at Holman Island Summer 2001 Father Henri Tardy
Uvajuq: The Origin of Death 1999 David F. Pelly and Kim Crockatt


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Arctic Spirit 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art 1994 Frye Art Museum
The Prints Never Seen: Holman, 1977-1987 March 1993 Albers Gallery
Holman Prints '85 (annual collection) 1985 Holman Eskimo Co-operative


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Co-founded the Holman Eskimo Co-operative 1961 Ulukhaktok Arts Centre

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canada House Collection London, England
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada
Winnipeg Art Gallery Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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September 18, 2017 Created by: Rebecca Dadouche Updated by: Inuit Art Foundation