Jaco Ishulutak

drum dancer Inuit Art Sculpture in Serpentine

Born: February 15, 1951 Male
Place of Birth: Pangnirtung

Jaco Ishulutaq started carving at the age of sixteen. He learned by watching his grandfather and has since enjoyed making medium-sized sculptures from antler, ivory, whalebone and, more particularly, stone. His favourite  subjects include people, birds and other animals. Jaco also enjoys drawing  and jewellery-making, but no longer works in the former medium because it is
not as lucrative as sculpting. When making jewellery Jaco prefers using  soapstone to ivory for personal reasons. Several members of Jaco’s family are involved in the arts. His mother, Elisapee, brother Lazalusie, and sisters Rosie and Jessie are all active artists in Pangnirtung and Iqaluit.

We find his pieces in prestigious collections, such as The Amway Environmental Foundation Collection, Ada, Michigan, U.S.A., The Laurentian University Museum and Arts Centre, Sudbury, Ontario, Le Musée d’art Inuit Brousseau, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Brunswick, Maine, U.S.A. and Global Affairs Canada.