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Artist of the moment……Gideon Quaqjuaq

Gideon Quaqjuaq is an Inuit artist born in the year 1941 from the Gjoa Haven, Nunavut Territory, Canada. The artist is very diverse producing jewelry and carvings. Inspired by the work of Charlie Igyuk, Gideon Quaqjuaq decided to forge an artistic path in 1969.

Was included in the exhibition titled Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic that took place from 1971 to 1973.

During his younger years lived in Taloyoak and Iqaluit located in Nunavut Territory.

Enjoys working with animals of the seam bears, and the occasional human figure.

Also works with Inuit stories and myths dealing with transformations of animals to people .

Works with the traditional Inuit materials including antlers, stone, and whalebone.

price range information:  Works are small in scale and very affordable ranging from $500 to $2,000.


Artist of the moment….Judas Ullulaq

Judas Ullulaq was yet another of the master Inuit artists specializing in carving the human figure. Ullulaq was born in Gjoa Haven, Nunavet Territory, Canada in 1937.

Moved to Spence Bay whilst in his 2os and lived the basic nomadic Inuit lifestyle. Ullulaq grew up with many girls as his peers and learned how to make dolls. Ulluluq is the only Inuit artist I have studied to approach some western ideas  in paintings, such as the nude or in this case a woman breast feeding. In the gallery these are the sand colored works.

Started to carve as many of his peers did, to replace income lost from the cessation of the fur trade.

Had two other well known artists that were brothers Nelson Takkiruq and Charlie Ugyuk.

Judas Ullulaq passed away in 1999 at the age of 62 years old.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $20,000.

Below we see a work by Ullulaq titled “Making Fish.” From the great Waddington’s Auction House of Canada.

A work titled “the Fiddler.”

And lastly a work featuring a mother and child. Another great fact about the Inuit artists, they use very culturally significant artifacts such as carving whalebone or caribou antlers. This work is a mixed media work using stone and bone.