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Akeeaktashuk, ᐊᑭᐊᑐᓱ

Settlement: Port Harrison / Inukjuak

(1898-1954) — E9-713

Akeeaktashuk was one of the first Inuit carvers James Houston introduced to the world in the early 1950s and 1960s.  Born at Hudson Bay, near the Inukjuak River in Quebec, in 1898, he lived in Craig Harbour on Ellesmere Island in 1951 and later moved to Grise Ford. He died in 1954 at Craig Harbour while hunting walrus on moving ice. 

The artist was remembered by James Houston as a hunter, storyteller as well as a sculptor. Houston thought of him as a "jolly," "robust and outgoing" man. Houston also noted the sculptor's ability for observation expressed in his stone and ivory sculptures of human and animals.3

Akeektashuk's work gained worldwide recognition. 


Exhibitions

  • Arctic Mirror, Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • Arctic Wildlife: The Art of the Inuit, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal
  • ART ESKIMO, Galerie de France
  • By the Light of the Qulliq: Eskimo Life in the Canadian Arctic, Smithsonian Institution, A travelling exhibition of Inuit art from the Feheley Collection
  • Canadian Eskimo Art, Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources
  • Contemporary Canadian Eskimo Art, Gimpel Fils
  • Eskimo Art, National Gallery of Canada
  • Eskimo Art of the Canadian Eastern Arctic, circulated by the Smithsonian Travelling Exhibition Service, organized by Eskimo Art,Inc.
  • Eskimo Carvings: Coronation Exhibition, Gimpel Fils
  • Eskimo Sculpture, arranged by the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources, and the National Gallery of Canada
  • Eskimo Sculpture, Winnipeg Art Gallery presented at the Manitoba Legislative Building
  • Inuit Sculpture from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Power, University of Michigan Museum of Art
  • Port Harrison/Inoucdjouac, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • 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
  • Stories in Stone: Soapstone Sculptures From Northern Quebec and Kenya, La Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau-Quebec
  • The Eskimo Art Collection of the Toronto-Dominion Bank, Toronto-Dominion Bank
  • The First Passionate Collector: The Ian Lindsay Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Inuit Amautik: I Like My Hood To Be Full, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Spirit of the Land, The Koffler Gallery

Collections

  • Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
  • Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal
  • Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Toronto-Dominion Bank Collection, Toronto
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
HUNTER 2009-11 (November 2009)
HUNTER AND BEAR 2019-11 (November 2019)
HUNTER AND WHALE 2014-06 (June 2014)
HUNTER HURLING HARPOON 2011-11 (November 2011)
HUNTER PULLING A LINE 2018-05 (May 2018)
HUNTER PULLING A SEAL 2010-04 (April 2010)
HUNTER SPEARING SEAL 2014-03 (March 2014)
HUNTER THROWING A SPEAR 2019-11 (November 2019)
HUNTER THROWING HARPOON 2010-11 (November 2010)
HUNTER WITH KNIFE HURLING A HARPOON 2011-11 (November 2011)
HUNTER WITH CATCH 2012-04 (April 2012)
HUNTER WITH HARPOON 2014-06 (June 2014)
KNEELING HUNTER 2014-11 (November 2014)
MAN 2012-04 (April 2012)
POLAR BEAR 2015-01 (January 2015)
SEATED MAN 2019-11 (November 2019)

Recent Auction Results

HUNTER AND BEAR
Estimate: 1,200 — 1,800
Sold: Nov 2019 — Sold For: $960
HUNTER THROWING A SPEAR
Estimate: 6,000 — 9,000
Sold: Nov 2019 — Sold For: $16,800
SEATED MAN
Estimate: 6,000 — 9,000
Sold: Nov 2019 — Sold For: $19,200
HUNTER PULLING A LINE
Estimate: 2,000 — 3,000
Sold: May 2018 — Sold For: $2,040
POLAR BEAR
Estimate: 150 — 250
Sold: Jan 2015 — Sold For: $60
KNEELING HUNTER
Estimate: 2,000 — 3,000
Sold: Nov 2014 — Sold For: $1,680

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