Jaco Ishulutaq

Jaco Ishulutaq was born in Pangnirtung (NU) and started carving when he was sixteen. Growing up surrounded by artists, he learned by watching his grandfather carve and was strongly encouraged by his mother Eleesapee Ishulutaq, a well-known graphic artist. He is known not only for sculptures made of antler, ivory, whalebone and soapstone but also drawings and prints, often depicting people, birds and other animals inspired by real events or stories told by his grandfather. In 2018, he was honored with the Nunavut Commissioner's Arts Award and is today the most prolific carver in the area.