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Elisapee Ishulutaq

Artist Bio

Like many artists of her generation, Elisapee Ishulutaq prefers to represent the traditional Inuit way of life that she knew before the transition to permanent settlements. Ishulutaq’s subjects include hunters pulling seals across the sea ice and kayakers paddling close to shore. Themes of Inuit mythology have also appeared in her work. She is especially interested in representing domestic Inuit life, as seen in a series of images depicting families inside igloos and tents. In these largely autobiographical works, Ishulutaq freely combines perspectives, often employing both side views and aerial perspectives in the same image, resulting in compositions marked by a bold formal abstraction.

Elisapee Ishulutaq was born in 1925 at Kagiqtuqjuaq, one of several small seasonal camps situated near Pangnirtung (also known as Panniqtuq) on Baffin Island. In the late 1960s Ishulutuq took up permanent residence in Pangnirtung, becoming involved in the growing community’s new art-making program. Her drawings and prints are included in many private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Long considered to be one of her community’s most prominent artists, Ishulutaq continues to be artistically active, exploring a range of new media and artistic possibilities.

MSG Exhibitions


Publications & Editions


Artist CV

Selected Exhibitions

  • Elisapee Ishulutaq: Drawings and Prints, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC, August 12 – September 16, 2017
  • Elisapee Ishulutaq: Remembering a Future, Too, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC, October 22 – December 3, 2016
  • Elisapee Ishulutaq: Yesterday and Today, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg MB, 2015
  • Elisapee Ishulutaq: Prints from Pangnirtung, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC, July 4 – 26, 2014
  • Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa ON, November 2, 2012 – January 20, 2013
  • Eight Women, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC, August 3 – September 14, 2013
  • Oil on Paper: New Work from the Studios of Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Marion Scott Gallery BC, July 17 – August 28, 2010
  • Nuvisavik: The Place Where We Weave, McCord Museum, Montreal QC, November 4 – March 25, 2007

Public Collections

  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery

Art Fairs

  • Art Toronto, Marion Scott Gallery, 2013

Honours & Achievements

  • Order of Canada, 2014

Media Reviews

  • Kevin Griffin, Artist hopes to raise awareness of Inuit suicide with four huge paintings, The Vancouver Sun, October 20, 2016
  • Robin Laurence, Drawn 2010 flips understanding of drawing sideways, The Georgia Straight, July 27, 2010


  • Maria von Finckenstein (ed.), Nuvisavik: The Place Where We Weave, Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2002
  • Kyra Vladykov Fisher, Uqqurmiut: New Work by Four Pangnirtung Artists, Inuit Art Quarterly, Spring/Summer 2010
  • Jonathan Shaughnessy, Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012, National Gallery of Canada, 2012

About the Gallery

Marion Scott Gallery

2423 Granville St.
Vancouver, BC
V6H 3G5

Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday & Monday by appointment

Tel: 604 685 1934
Fax: 604 685 1890

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