Credit: Courtesy Library and Archives Canada


drawing, printmaking

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

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Date of Death:

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Born in a remote part of the south coast of Qikiqtaaluk, NU Parr lived a traditional nomadic lifestyle for most of his life. In 1961 he settled in Kinngait with his family, at which point he began drawing. Parr’s drawings were heavily influenced by his experiences as a hunter as his chosen subjects were arctic animals and hunters. He produced over 2000 drawings in about eight years and was included in every Cape Dorset Print Collection from 1961-1970. Parr is part of the first generation of Kinngait printmakers.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Inuit Modern 2010 Gerald McMaster, ed.
Sanattiaqsimajut: Inuit Art from the Carleton University Art Gallery Collection 2009 Sandra Dyck, Ingo Hessel, and Drew Armour
Land of Ice, Hearts of Fire: Inuit Art and Culture 2003 Belena S. Chapp, ed.


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection Apr - Aug 2011 Art Gallery of Ontario
Sanattiaqsimajut: Inuit Art from the Carleton University Art Gallery Collection Sept - Nov 2009 Carleton University Art Gallery
Kinngait: Highlights from the Collection Oct 2006 - Feb 2007 McMichael Canadian Art Collection


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Fall 1991 Inuit Art Foundation
Featured on Canadian Postage Stamp 1977 Canada Post
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 1974 Dorset Fine Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
MacKenzie Art Gallery Regina, SK, Canada

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February 20, 2018 Created By: Lera Kotsyuba