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Score More Sculptures: Where to Buy Inuit Art

1. Arctic Nunavut is the retail outlet of the Nunavut Development Corporation, which represents artists and businesses in seven Nunavut communities. Besides stone carvings, find traditional and northern-themed clothing, jewellery, books, packing dolls and more.

2. The name says it all at Baffin Inuit Art, which deals exclusively in the distinctive sculptures—often in smooth serpentine and depicting animal motifs—made by artists from the Baffin Island settlement of Cape Dorset.

3. Within the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Balzac Fine Arts specializes in contemporary and historical Canadian art, but also offers up a diverse collection of sculptures from regions across the Arctic.

4. Operating for more than 26 years, Eskimo Art Gallery stocks over 1,000 Inuit sculptures. The focus is on art from Baffin Island hamlets such as Cape Dorset—carvings by Ohito Ashoona, the gallery’s resident artist, are particularly prized—but all areas of the Arctic are represented.

5. Northeast of downtown Toronto, Gallery Phillip offers a vast selection of sculptures by such Inuit artists as Mattiusi Iyaituk and Ralph Porter. Prominent owner Phillip Gevik oversees Inuit drawings and prints, too, by such renowned artists as Pitseolak Ashoona and Kenojuak Ashevak.

6. The venerable Guild Shop began selling Inuit carvings way back in the 1930s, and today has a large and varied selection of works by northern artists. It’s also one of a select number of galleries that showcases the annual print collections from the Cape Dorset and Pangnirtung communities.

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In the market for an Inuit carving? Regardless of price point, ensure that your purchase is authentic by shopping at reputable galleries and looking for the Canadian government’s “igloo tag” certification.

Learn more about Northern Art with our Inuit Art Guide.

Clarify definitions with our Inuit Art Glossary.—Craig Moy

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