Credit: Kipling Gallery



Artistic Community:

Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), NU

Date of Birth:

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Manasie Akpaliapik is renowned for his large and intricate whalebone sculptures as well as his ability to mix traditional and contemporary elements of Inuit culture within his pieces. Born in Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), NU, and learned to carve from his grandparents and great-aunt who were established artists in their own right, Akpaliapik trained at Red River College in Winnipeg, MB, before apprenticing in Montreal, QC. Preferring to work in bone and stone, Akpaliapik employs the unique variations in texture and colour to create some of his most highly detailed works, such as Shaman Summoning Taleelayuk to Release Animals (1989). Akpaliapik has been the focus of several solo exhibitions in Canada and abroad with his work held in numerous collections of major institutions including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the National Gallery of. Akpaliapik currently lives and works between Montreal, QC and Ottawa, ON.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
5 Star Upgrades Coming for Westin Bear Mountain January 20, 2020 GlobeNewsWire
Manasiah Akpaliapik and Pudlo Pudlat: Muskox and Our Massive Friend Fall 2018 Erik Haites
Alternative Paths: Mapping Addiction in Contemporary Art by Landon Mackenzie, Rebecca Belmore, Manasie Akpaliapik, and Ron Noganosh Spring 2015 Skelly, Julia


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Name Year Gallery
Origines, les récits du monde 2016 Musée des confluences
Whalebone Wonders July - Oct 2015 Alaska on Madison
Manasie Akpaliapik June 2014 Art Gallery of Ontario


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Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Winter 1993 Inuit Art Foundation
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Spring 1990 Inuit Art Foundation

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Arctic Artistry Chappaqua, NY, USA
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Halifax, NS, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada