Credit: Courtesy Inuit Art Foundation



Artistic Community:

Ottawa, ON

Date of Birth:

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Nuvuqquq, Qikiqtaaluk, NU

Date of Death:

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A talented illustrator and prolific writer, Alootook Ipellie’s practice celebrated Inuit culture and engaged with contemporary issues affecting Arctic communities. Born in the Qikiqtaaluk Region (Baffin Island), NU and later settling in Ottawa, ON, Ipellie became interested in comics and developed a strong graphic style that included fantastically transformative imagery rooted in Inuit narratives. His prose and poetry were featured in multiple anthologies, and he published a book of written and visual imagery titled Arctic Dreams and Nightmares (1993). In addition to editing Inuit Today, Ipellie drew comics for Inuit Monthly and, later, Nunatsiaq News, that blended satire with the encroaching technology, industry and politics impacting modern Inuit life.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Creating Inuit Futures: IAF staff share their picks for visionary works Winter 2017 Britt Gallpen
Negotiating Sovereignty: Sheila Watt-Cloutier’s The Right to Be Cold November 29, 2017 Renée Hulan
Curating Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: Inuit Knowledge in the Qallunaat Art Museum 2017 Heather Igloliorte


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Name Year Gallery
Alootook Ipellie: Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border Sept – Dec 2018 Carleton University Art Gallery
Treasures of the Arctic Oct - Nov 2010 Thayngen Cultural Center
International Cartoonist Festival 2005 International Cartoonist Festival


View Filmography and Details
Title Release Date Role
Toonik Time: An Inuit Spring Festival 2007 Writer
North: Landscape of the Imagination 1993 Author
Legends and Life of the Inuit 1980 Script Writer

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Carleton University Art Gallery Ottawa, ON, Canada
Richard F. Brush Art Gallery Canton, NY, United States

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February 1, 2018 Created By: Lera Kotsyuba