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Latcholassie Akesuk, ᓚᓴᓚᓯ ᐊᑲᓴ

Settlement: Cape Dorset / Kinngait

(1919-2000) — E7-1055

Latcholassie Akesuk was born in 1919 and lived in Cape Dorset until his death in 2000. His father, Tudlik (1890-1966) was a well-known artist, and his children are also sculptors in Cape Dorset. He began carving in the early 1950s, with one of his works forming part of a 1953 exhibition in London, England commemorating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Latcholassie's works are minimalistic in form; devoid of the detail and finish normally associated with Cape Dorset sculpture. His preferred subject are birds - a favoured subject of his father's - and often of great size. In his later years, he worked mainly in the white marble from Andrew Gordon Bay to the east of Cape Dorset.


  • Annual Exhibition of Eskimo Sculptures and Prints, Lippel Gallery
  • Arctic Spirit 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art, Frye Art Museum
  • Arctic Wildlife: The Art of the Inuit, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal
  • Art/Inuit/Art: The Rothmans Permanent Collection of Eskimo Sculpture, Rothmans of Pall Mall Canada Ltd.
  • Baffin Island Sculpture, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Cape Dorset, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Cape Dorset Sculptors and Their Sculpture, The Inuit Art Collection Mr. and Mrs. James F. Bacon
  • Cape Dorset Sculpture, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Cape Dorset Stone Sculpture: Masters & the Next Generation, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Collector's Choice: 1965-1980, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Contemporary Inuit Art, National Gallery of Canada
  • Decade of Mystery and Change: Tenth Anniversary Exhibit, The Arctic Circle
  • Eskimo Carvings: Coronation Exhibition, Gimpel Fils
  • Eskimo Fantastic Art, Gallery 111, School of Art, University of Manitoba
  • Eskimo Narrative, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Eskimo Sculpture, Winnipeg Art Gallery presented at the Manitoba Legislative Building
  • Fantasy and Stylization - Cape Dorset Sculpture, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Festival of Birds, The Arctic Circle
  • Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture Exhibition (first exhibition), Vancouver Inuit Art Society
  • Grasp Tight the Old Ways: Selections from the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Im Schatten der Sonne: Zeitgenossische Kunst der Indianer und Eskimos in Kanada/In the Shadow of the Sun: Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art in Canada, Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • In Celebration, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Inspiration Four Decades of Sculpture, Marion Scott Gallery
  • INUA: 50 Works from the Cappadocia Collection of Inuit Art, McMaster Art Gallery
  • Inuit Art: A Selection of Inuit Art from the Collection of the National Museum of Man, Ottawa, and the Rothmans Permanent Collection of Inuit Sculpture, Canada, National Museum of Man, Ottawa and Rothmans of Pall Mall Canada Ltd.
  • Inuit Legends in Stone, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Inuit Sculpture 1974/Sculpture Inuit 1974, Lippel Gallery
  • Inuit Sculpture from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Power, University of Michigan Museum of Art
  • Kanuitpit? Kunst und Kulturen der Eskimo: Eine Auswahl aus den Museumssammlungen, Staatliches Museum fur Volkerkunde Munchen
  • La deesse inuite de la mer/The Inuit Sea Goddess, Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal
  • Latcholassie, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Major/Minor, Marion Scott Gallery
  • Masterwork Sculpture 1985, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Multiple Realities: Inuit Images of Shamanic Transformation, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Mythology in Stone, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Our Hoods are Full, Arctic Artistry
  • Sculpture, Canadian Eskimo Arts Council a competition/exhibition organized as a contribution to the Centennial of the N.W.T.
  • Sculpture Inuit: Stone/Bone circa 1960-1979, Canadiana Galleries
  • 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
  • Sculptures by Latcholassie, Cape Dorset, Lippel Gallery
  • Selections from the John and Mary Robertson Collection of Inuit Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre Queen's University
  • Small Sculptures by Great Artists I, Feheley Fine Arts
  • Small Sculptures by Great Artists III, Feheley Fine Arts
  • Stones, Bones, Cloth, and Paper: Inuit Art in Edmonton Collections, Edmonton Art Gallery
  • The Art of the Eskimo, Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University
  • The Bear, the Owl, the Walrus, The Arctic Circle
  • The Birds of Cape Dorset: A collection of sculpture by 32 Cape Dorset Carvers, Albers Gallery
  • The Coming and Going of the Shaman: Eskimo Shamanism and Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Inuit Imagination, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art from the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Guelph
  • The Oral Tradition, National Museum of Man
  • The Spirit of the Land, The Koffler Gallery
  • The Swinton Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Williamson Collection of Inuit Sculpture, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina


  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria
  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
  • Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City
  • Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton
  • Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University, Bristol
  • Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet
  • Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton
  • Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal
  • Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife
  • Rothmans Permanent Collection of Eskimo Sculpture, Toronto
  • Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg


Title Last Sold At Auction
ANIMAL 2016-11 (November 2016)
BASKING SEAL 2012-11 (November 2012)
BIRD 2018-11 (November 2018)
BIRD CREATURE 2018-05 (May 2018)
BIRD SPIRIT 2009-11 (November 2009)
BIRD TRANSFORMATION 2011-09 (September 2011)
MOTHER & YOUNG 2007-11 (November 2007)
OPPOSING SEALS 2013-11 (November 2013)
OWL 2022-11 (November 2022)
OWL TRANSFORMATION 2015-01 (January 2015)
OWL/SHAMAN 2007-04 (April 2007)
OWLS AND BIRDS 2019-05 (May 2019)
POLAR BEAR 2008-11 (November 2008)
SEA CREATURE 2018-05 (May 2018)
SEAL 2019-05 (May 2019)
SEAL SPIRIT 2007-11 (November 2007)
SEAL TRANSFORMATION 2008-11 (November 2008)
SPIRIT BIRD 2018-11 (November 2018)
SPIRIT FIGURE 2008-11 (November 2008)
STANDING BEAR 2011-10 (October 2011)
TWO BIRDS 2011-05 (May 2011)
TWO SEALS 2019-11 (November 2019)

Recent Auction Results

Estimate: 500 — 700
Sold: Nov 2022 — Sold For: $540
Estimate: 1,500 — 2,500
Sold: May 2021 — Sold For: $4,800
Estimate: 2,500 — 3,500
Sold: Apr 2021 — Sold For: $2,640
Estimate: 5,000 — 7,000
Sold: May 2019 — Sold For: $4,800
Estimate: 2,500 — 3,500
Sold: May 2019 — Sold For: $5,040
Estimate: 1,000 — 1,500
Sold: Nov 2018 — Sold For: $1,320

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