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 Johnny Inukpuk Jr.  (1930 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: Quebec / Canada      Known for: Inuit soapstone figure, animal and genre carving, primitive style

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Kneeling man putting on his hood, mid 1950s
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Johnny Inukpuk Jr.  (1930 – 1984)

A sculptor and a member of a prominent family of Inuit artists, Johnny Inukpuk Jr. (aka: E9879) was born in or near Inukjuak (aka: Port Harrison or Inoucdjouac), Quebec, where he appears to have lived his life and died. Examples of his carvings are in the collections of the Musee de la Civilisation (Quebec City) and the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa). Like most Inuit artists of his era, he was self-taught, although it is likely he was influenced by his father Johnny Inukpuk (see AskART) and by James Houston (see AskART).

Inukpuk’s medium was soapstone carving. His subjects included mother and child, figures, animals, and Inuit genre* (e.g. nomadic life, family activities, hunting, fishing, etc.). His style is described as Primitive Art* or Inuit Art*. AskART images have some good illustrations of his work. (1)(2)(3)
(1) Johnny’s brothers are Charlie Inukpuk and Daniel Inukpuk (see both in AskART).
(2) Please note: E9879 is Johnny Inukpuk Jr.’s Canadian government issued Inuit Disc Number* which may have been used to sign works. He also has a signature in syllabics* which was used to sign works.
(3) For more information about the origin and inspiration of modern Inuit art see the AskART glossary entry for Inuit Art*.
Biographies of Inuit Artists (1993), compiled and published by the Inuit Art Section, Indian and Northern Affairs, Canada (see AskART book references)

Canadian Heritage Information Network* (includes Artists in Canada, the Inuit Art Foundation, and Nunavik Art Alive)

National Gallery of Canada

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

Written and submitted by M.D. Silverbrooke.

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