Elisapee Ishulutaq

Canadian Inuit artist Elisapee Ishulutaq was born in 1925 and died on December 9, 2018.

She was a self-taught Inuit artist, focusing on mainly drawing and printmaking.

She took part in the efforts of print and tapestry making in Pangnirtung and was a co-founder of the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts, which is both an economic and cultural mainstay in Pangnirtung.

She was also a community elder in the town of Pangnirtung.

Her efforts in her work have been displayed in numerous institutions, including the Marion Scott Gallery in Vancouver, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada.

She saw herself as a bridge between generations, using visual representations to pass on the wisdom of her community’s elders.

During 2014, she was awarded the Order of Canada “for her contributions to the cultural and economic health of her community as a role model and mentor”.

Elisapee Ishulutaq passed away at 93 years old.

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