Jomie Aipeelee

muskox Inuit Art Sculpture in Serpentine

Born September 11, 1963 (Iqaluit, Nunavut) – Died in 2020

Jomie Aipeelee completed his education at grade 8. He went to work at the Ministry of Transport as a carpenter. Jomie started carving at the age of 15 years old but started carving seriously when he was around 22 years old. He now carves on a full time basis. Jomie Aipeelee comes from a traditional style family background, thus it is important that he spends time out on the land both in winter and summer. He continues the traditional way of life – hunting for seals, walrus, caribou and geese.

Jomie Aipeelee had a good carving education from his family. Nowadays, he particularly likes to carve musk ox, as does his father and grandfather. He also likes to carve whales, hawks, polar bear, seals, narwhal, ducks, walrus, Inukshuks and hunters. His carvings are very strong and direct. On Jomie’s father’s side, Jomie comes from a family of artists, namely: Ennutsiaq – his great grandfather, Nooveya Ipeelie – his grandfather, Seepee Ipeelie – his father.