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Henry Evaluardjuk, ᐃᕙᓗᐊᔪ

Settlement: Frobisher Bay / Iqaluit

(1923-2007) — E5-846

Henry Evaluardjuk was born in 1923 in Igloolik, in the Qikiqtaaluk Region in Nunavut. Over the course of his life, he travelled to and lived in Arctic Bay, Pond Inlet, Markham Bay, Lake Harbour and Cape Dorset. Henry settled in Iqaluit in 1959 with his family.

Evaluardjuk is known primarily for his sculpture but his talent is equally lies in his drawings and paintings. Henry's style is realism. Like many other Inuit artists, he mostly draws his inspiration from the Arctic wildlife. His favourite subject matter are polar bears, often in unusual or heroic poses, or with exaggerated proportions. Evaluardjuk's ability to bring out the animal essence is what make his sculpture distinctive.

Evaluardjuk is also one of the few Inuit artists to depict the human face in his sculpture. His portraits of ordinary people from his community are skillfully executed in detail and expressionism.


  • Animals of the Arctic, Arctic Inuit Art
  • Arctic Mirror, Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • Arctic Spirit 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art, Frye Art Museum
  • Arctic Vision: Art of the Canadian Inuit, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Canadian Arctic Producers
  • ART ESKIMO, Galerie de France
  • Baffin Island Sculpture, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Baffin Island Sculpture Exhibition, Baffin Regional School
  • Bears in Sculpture, Theo Waddington Inc.
  • Canadian Sculptors of the Arctic, National Gallery of Canada
  • Collector's Choice: 1965-1980, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Collectors' Choice - An Exhibition of Important Inuit Sculpture, Waddington Galleries
  • Contemporary Canadian Eskimo Art, Gimpel Fils
  • Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art of Canada, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa, presented at the General Assembly Building, United Nations
  • Early and Contemporary Sculpture and Prints by Well-Known Inuit Artists, Arctic Artistry
  • Early Masterpieces of Inuit Sculpture, Feheley Fine Arts
  • Eskimo Canada, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec and La Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau-Quebec, held at Place Bonaventure
  • Eskimo Fantastic Art, Gallery 111, School of Art, University of Manitoba
  • Exhibition and Sale of Musk-Oxen & Bears, Cottage Craft Gifts & Fine Arts Ltd.
  • Exhibition and Sale of Musk-Oxen and Bears, Cottage Craft Gifts & Fine Arts Ltd.
  • Fine Carvers of Frobisher Bay, Inuk 1
  • Henry and Davie: Master Inuit Carvers, Arctic Artistry
  • Henry Evaluardjuk of Frobisher Bay, Pucker/Safrai Gallery
  • Henry Evaluarjuk, Waddington Galleries
  • Images of the Far North, Studio Art Gallery, State University of New York
  • Inuit Art in the 1970s, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  • Inuit Art: from the collection of Maurice Yacowar, Collector's Gallery
  • Inuit Master Artists of the 1970s, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Inuit Masterworks, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Inuit Masterworks: Selections from the Collection of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, McMichael Canadian Collection
  • Iqaluit, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Kanuitpit? Kunst und Kulturen der Eskimo: Eine Auswahl aus den Museumssammlungen, Staatliches Museum fur Volkerkunde Munchen
  • L'art de Henry, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Major/Minor, Marion Scott Gallery
  • Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks, Presented by the Amway Corporation at the United Nations General Assembly
  • Masterwork Sculpture 1986, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Recent Acquisitions: Watercolors of the Arctic Landscape and Original Eskimo Sculpture, Arctic Artistry
  • Sanaugasi Takujaksat: A Travelling Celebration of Inuit Sculpture, Presented by Canadian Arctic Producers Ltd., with the assistance of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Ottawa
  • Sculpture, Canadian Eskimo Arts Council a competition/exhibition organized as a contribution to the Centennial of the N.W.T.
  • Sculpture from Baffin Island, Pitakvik Inuit Galleries
  • Sculpture from Frobisher Bay, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Sculpture of the Inuit: Lorne Balshine Collection/Lou Osipov Collection/ Dr. Harry Winrob Collection, Surrey Art Gallery
  • Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterwork Exhibitors of the Canadian Arctic, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Selected Canadian Sculpture, Webster Galleries
  • Takamit - Canadian Eskimo Art: Selections from Private Collections and the Government of Canada, Organized by La Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau-Quebec and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University
  • The Art of Frobisher Bay, Arctic Artistry
  • The Inuit Print and Sculpture 1960-1980, Westdale Gallery
  • The Sculpture of Henry Evaluardjuk, Eskimo Art Gallery
  • The Spirit of the Land, The Koffler Gallery
  • Three Exhibitions of Miniature Sculpture, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • White Lords of the Arctic: Bears in Stone and Bone, Arctic Artistry


  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
  • Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City
  • Eskimo Museum, Churchill
  • GE Canada Inuit Art Collection, Mississauga
  • Glenbow Museum, Calgary
  • Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet
  • Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • London Regional Art Gallery, London
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
  • Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Nova, An Alberta Corporation, Calgary
  • Nunatta Sunaqutangit Museum, Iqaluit
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg


Title Last Sold At Auction
ALERT POLAR BEAR 2013-11 (November 2013)
ARCTIC CHAR 2017-05 (May 2017)
ARCTIC FOX 2018-05 (May 2018)
ARCTIC HARE 2018-05 (May 2018)
BEAR 2013-11 (November 2013)
BEAR ATTACKING MAN 2011-11 (November 2011)
BIRD 2012-11 (November 2012)
BIRD ON A ROCK (RAVEN) 2012-11 (November 2012)
BUST OF A WOMAN 2019-05 (May 2019)
CARIBOU 2010-11 (November 2010)
DANCING WALRUS 2014-11 (November 2014)
ESKIMO SKINNING SEAL 2010-11 (November 2010)
ETCHED TUSK 2019-05 (May 2019)
FIGURE 2007-09 (September 2007)
FOX 2013-11 (November 2013)
HEAD 2013-11 (November 2013)
HEAD OF A GIRL 2009-11 (November 2009)
HOODED MOTHER AND CHILD 2015-07 (July 2015)
HOWLING WOLF 2012-11 (November 2012)
INUIT WOMAN HOLDING HER CHILD 2018-11 (November 2018)
JUMPING CHILD 2019-05 (May 2019)
KNEELING WOMAN 2018-11 (November 2018)
LUMBERING POLAR BEAR 2018-11 (November 2018)
MAN HURLING HARPOON 2017-05 (May 2017)
MOTHER AND CHILD 2013-11 (November 2013)
MOTHER FEEDING HER CHILD 2018-11 (November 2018)
PERCHED FALCON 2019-04 (April 2019)
POLAR BEAR 2021-12 (December 2021)
POLAR BEAR AND DOG 2020-11 (November 2020)
POLAR BEAR AND SEAL 2018-05 (May 2018)
POLAR BEAR HOLDING SEAL 2021-06 (June 2021)
POLAR BEAR ON HIND LEGS 2021-12 (December 2021)
PORTRAIT BUST 2017-06 (June 2017)
SCENTING POLAR BEAR 2020-09 (September 2020)
SEAL 2019-02 (February 2019)
SEARCHING POLAR BEAR 2017-05 (May 2017)
SQUATTING MAN EATING 2019-04 (April 2019)
STALKING POLAR BEAR 2016-11 (November 2016)
STANDING BEAR 2007-04 (April 2007)
STANDING INUIT WOMAN 2008-09 (September 2008)
STANDING POLAR BEAR 2012-04 (April 2012)
THREE CARIBOU 2007-04 (April 2007)
TRAVERSING POLAR BEAR 2019-05 (May 2019)
TWO ETCHED TUSKS 2019-04 (April 2019)
UNTITLED 2019-06 (June 2019)
UNTITLED 2020-03 (March 2020)
UNTITLED 2019-06 (June 2019)
UNTITLED 2019-09 (September 2019)
UNTITLED 2008-04 (April 2008)
UNTITLED (HUNTER) 2011-03 (March 2011)
WALKING BEAR 2019-05 (May 2019)
WALKING POLAR BEAR 2012-11 (November 2012)
WALRUS 2019-11 (November 2019)
WOMAN 2010-11 (November 2010)
YOUNG HAWK 2018-05 (May 2018)
YOUNG POLAR BEAR 2018-11 (November 2018)
YOUNG POLAR BEAR (2) 2018-11 (November 2018)

Recent Auction Results

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Estimate: 3,000 — 5,000
Sold: Sep 2020 — Sold For: $10,800
Estimate: 800 — 1,200
Sold: May 2019 — Sold For: $3,120
Estimate: 7,000 — 10,000
Sold: May 2019 — Sold For: $21,600
Estimate: 4,000 — 6,000
Sold: May 2019 — Sold For: $7,200

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