Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC

Artist Photo - Elisapee Ishulutaq

Artist Photo – Elisapee Ishulutaq

Name:
Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC (1925 – )
Gender:
Female
Style:
Inuit
Region:
Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada


Elisapee Ishulutaq was born in 1925 at Kagiqtuqjuaq, one of several small seasonal camps situated near Pangnirtung (also known as Panniqtuq) on Baffin Island. Although Europeans had been present in the region since the mid-19th century, the world she grew up in was still intensely traditional: men still hunted caribou from sealskin kayaks, and women continued to fashion winter clothing for their families out of hide. In the late 1960s Ishulutuq took up permanent residence in Pangnirtung, becoming involved in the growing community’s new art-making program. She became known for her drawings recalling the old way of life, contributing numerous images to the settlement’s annual print releases. Recognizing the originality and force of her drawings, Pangnirtung’s weavers began using Ishulutaq’s designs as the basis for their largescale tapestries, a practice that has been maintained into the present. Long considered to be one of her community’s most prominent artists, Ishulutaq continues to be artistically active, exploring a range of new media and artistic possibilities. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014.

Like many artists of her generation, Ishulutaq prefers to represent the traditional Inuit way of life that she knew before the transition of permanent settlements. “I liked the freedom of the earlier life, there was less regimentation,” she states. Ishulutaq’s subjects include hunters pulling seals across the sea ice and kayakers paddling close to shore. Themes of Inuit mythology have also appeared in her work. She is especially interested in representing domestic Inuit life, as seen in a series of images depicting families inside igloos and tents. In these largely autobiographical works, Ishulutaq freely combines perspectives, often employing both side views and aerial perspectives in the same image, resulting in compositions marked by a powerful formal abstraction. In 2009, Ishulutaq embarked on a series of images using the new medium of oil sticks. Taking advantage of the medium’s colour richness and unique textural possibilities, her expression has found a new directness and intensity. At times truly monumental scale, many of Ishulutaq’s oil stick drawings feature figures set against vast landscapes made ethereal by means of a fluid blending of colours.

Art Work

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    'Bridge in Pangnirtung' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2010

    Bridge in Pangnirtung

    Pangnirtung 2010
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    'Bring it Here' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 1995

    Bring it Here

    Pangnirtung 1995
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    'Camping in the Summer' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 1998

    Camping in the Summer

    Pangnirtung 1998
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    'Chasing a Bowhead Whale' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 1999

    Chasing a Bowhead Whale

    Pangnirtung 1999
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    'Different Hunters' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2000

    Different Hunters

    Pangnirtung 2000
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    'Downtown Vancouver' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2010

    Downtown Vancouver

    Pangnirtung 2010
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    'Happy Warrior I & II' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2011

    Happy Warrior I & II

    Pangnirtung 2011
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    'Hunting by Boat Near Uttuusivik' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 1996

    Hunting by Boat Near Uttuusivik

    Pangnirtung 1996
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    'Images of Traditional Life' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2001

    Images of Traditional Life

    Pangnirtung 2001
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    'International Formation: Two Canadians, One American and One German Fly the Arctic' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2011

    International Formation: Two Canadians, One American and One German Fly the Arctic

    Pangnirtung 2011
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    'Inuit' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 1998

    Inuit

    Pangnirtung 1998
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    'Iqalugasuatut' by Elisapee Ishulutaq - Pangnirtung Inuit Art Limited Edition print

    Iqalugasuatut

    Pangnirtung 2018
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    'Island by Rowboat' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2005

    Island by Rowboat

    Pangnirtung 2005
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    'Kanguq (Snow Goose)' by Elisapee Ishulutaq

    Kanguq (Snow Goose)

    Pangnirtung 2011
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    'Navigating the Islands' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2000

    Navigating the Islands

    Pangnirtung 2000
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    'Seal Hunter Saw a Mermaid' by Elisapee Ishulutaq - Pangnirtung Inuit Art Limited Edition print

    Seal Hunter Saw a Mermaid

    Pangnirtung 2018
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    'Spring Camp' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2000

    Spring Camp

    Pangnirtung 2000
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    'Steering the Way' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2007

    Steering the Way

    Pangnirtung 2007
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    'The Likes of this Egg Have Never Been Seen' by Elisapee Ishulutaq

    The Likes of this Egg Have Never Been Seen

    Pangnirtung 1998
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    'Three Snow Geese' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2010

    Three Snow Geese

    Pangnirtung 2010
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    'Uphill Journey' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2004

    Uphill Journey

    Pangnirtung 2004
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    'Whale Hunters Hauling Out at Long Island' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 1998

    Whale Hunters Hauling Out at Long Island

    Pangnirtung 1998
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    'Winter Camp' by Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC - Inuit - Pangnirtung 2000

    Winter Camp

    Pangnirtung 2000
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    'Woman Looking After Her Child' by Elisapee Ishulutaq - Pangnirtung Inuit Art Limited Edition print

    Woman Looking After Her Child

    Pangnirtung 1980
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