SEPTEMBER 23, 1923


Born in Neeouleeutalik camp, near Cape Dorset, then-Northwest Territories, Ipeelee began carving in the 1940s and by 1951 had become one of the best carvers on the south Baffin Coast.  His work varies in subject matter and form, ranging from animals to humans, from totally representational to abstract.  Ipeelee received attention outside the Arctic in the 1950s when his work was included in two exhibitions at the National Gallery in Ottawa.  Since then, his work found its way into museum and gallery exhibitions around the world and solo exhibitions in North America and Germany.  His work is found in the: Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Canadian Museum of Civilization; Art Gallery of Ontario; McMichael Gallery; Glenbow Museum; Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; and Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton.  Ipeelee presented a sculpture to Queen Elizabeth II in 1959 and was commissioned to carve the NWT Legislative Assembly’s official mace in 1952.  He died in 2005, in Cape Dorset.

Source:  “Osuitok Ipeelee, Arts (2004),” Indspire.  Retrieved 7/14/2020,
Stencil:  Osuitok Ipeelee (1923-2005), 1959. “Four Musk Oxen.”  Reproduced with the permission of Dorset Fine Arts. 

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