Manasiah
Akpaliapik

Credit: Kipling Gallery
Manasiah
Akpaliapik

Medium:

sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), NU

Date of Birth:

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23 August 1955

Work

Biography

Manasiah Akpaliapik was born in Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), NU and learned to carve from his grandparents and great-aunt who were established carvers. Akpaliapik trained at Red River College in Winnipeg, MB before apprenticing in Montreal, QC. He is renowned for his large and intricate whalebone sculptures as well as his ability to mix traditional and contemporary elements of Inuit culture within his pieces. Akpaliapik’s work has been published numerous times in the Inuit Art Quarterly and his ‘Untitled’ sculpture appeared on the cover of the Winter 1993 issue. Akpaliapik has been the focus of solo exhibits in Canada and abroad with his work held in numerous collections of major institutions including the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, ON, the Art Gallery of Nova Scoita in Halifax, NS and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON, among many others. Akpaliapik currently lives and works between Montreal, QC and Ottawa, ON.View Long Biography and Citations

Publications

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Title Year Author
Manasiah Akpaliapik and Pudlo Pudlat: Muskox and Our Massive Friend Fall 2018 Erik Haites
Alternative Paths: Mapping Addiction in Contemporary Art by Landon Mackenzie, Rebecca Belmore, Manasie Akpaliapik, and Ron Noganosh Spring 2015 Skelly, Julia
Manasie Akpaliapik Holiday 2014 McCallum, Robyn

Exhibitions

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Name Year Gallery
Origines, les récits du monde 2016 Musée des confluences
Whalebone Wonders July - Oct 2015 Alaska on Madison
Manasie Akpaliapik June 2014 Art Gallery of Ontario

Achievements

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Achievement Year Organization
Featured in video profile "Un artist, une œuvre ; Manasie Akpaliapik" (3 min. 42 sec.) by Marilyn Laflamme 2016 Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Manasie Akpaliapik's Memory of a Shipwreck (1994) appeared in the background on the cover of Inuit Art Quarterly's Fall/Winter Issue in 2004 Fall/Winter 2004 Inuit Art Quarterly
Akpaliapik's drum dancing opened Qiagit '96: The Great Inuit Art Fair and Symposium in 1996 June 1996 Inuit Art Foundation

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Arctic Artistry Chappaqua, NY, USA
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Halifax, NS, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada