Kellypalik Qimirpik
Cape Dorset :: Inuit Sculpture

Dancing Walrussold
Dancing Walrus, 2008
serpentine, bone tusks, 12" × 12" × 11"
Man Bird
Man Bird
serpentine, 9.5" × 18" x 10.5"
Walrus Shaman
Walrus Shaman
mottled soapstone, 7" × 12½" × 5"


Kellypalik Qimirpik – Artist Biography

Kellipalik/Kellypalik Qimirpik (male; b:1948); Inuit art sculpture carver; Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada.

Kellypalik Qimirpik was born in 1948 and lives in Cape Dorset on Baffin Island with his wife Ningegapik and their three children.

Qimirpik began carving as a young boy, improving his skills while observing life and the surrounding nature. He is known for his sculptures of wilflife and dramatic figures.

Qimirpik had his first exhbition in 1976 as a young man and has gone on to participate in prestigous shows, such as "Masters of the Arctic" and "Die Kunst aus der Arktis" in Mannheim, Germany.

His portrayal of animal transformation pieces, and use of imaginative subjects, makes him one of the leading carvers alive today. His work is included in several major collections inlcuding the National Gallery of Canada.

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.