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Joe Adlaka Aculiak

Settlement: Port Harrison / Inukjuak

(1936) — E9-1595

Alternative Names: Aculiak Aculiak, Joe Adlaka Aculiak, Adlikit Aculiak, Adlakit Aculiak

Joe Adlaka Aculia was born in 1936 at Echalook's camp. His mother Lucy is the widow of artist Josephie Aculiak. He has five younger brothers, all of whom he taught to carve, and are all active in the local Arts Council. A prolific carver, while most of his works represent people, he is equally at home with animals as subject matter. 

His work enjoys international exposure and has been seen in galleries throughout the Western world. 


  • Artists of Arctic Quebec, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Eskimo Sculpture, Winnipeg Art Gallery presented at the Manitoba Legislative Building
  • Exposition Sculptures d'Arctique, Hotel d'Asfeld
  • Grasp Tight the Old Ways: Selections from the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Masterwork Sculpture 1985, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Masterwork Sculpture 1986, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Miniaturen, Inuit Galerie
  • Port Harrison/Inoucdjouac, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterwork Exhibitors of the Canadian Arctic, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Sculpture/Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic, Canadian Eskimo Arts Council
  • Selections from the John and Mary Robertson Collection of Inuit Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre Queen's University
  • The Art of the Eskimo, Newman Galleries
  • Uumajut: Animal Imagery in Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • [Inuit Art Exhibition], Whitby Arts Incorporated, The Station Gallery


  • Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor
  • Avataq Cultural Institute, Montreal
  • Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City
  • Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg


Title Last Sold At Auction
HUNTER AT SEAL HOLE 2014-06 (June 2014)
HUNTER WITH HARPOON 2019-11 (November 2019)
HUNTER WITH WALRUS 2019-06 (June 2019)
HUNTERS WITH WALRUS 2014-10 (October 2014)
WALRUS 2010-04 (April 2010)
WALRUS ASHTRAY 2011-11 (November 2011)
WHALE; FISH 2013-02 (February 2013)

Recent Auction Results

Estimate: 600 — 900
Sold: Nov 2019 — Sold For: $600
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Jun 2019 — Sold For: $120
Estimate: 600 — 900
Sold: Oct 2014 — Sold For: $480
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Jun 2014 — Sold For: $390
Estimate: 100 — 200
Sold: Feb 2013 — Sold For: $144
Estimate: 400 — 600
Sold: Nov 2011 — Sold For: $156

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