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Jesse Tungilik

About Jesse Tungilik

Cultural Educator

Biography

Jesse Tungilik is a multi-disciplinary artist and former Executive Director of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA) based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. He has also lived in the communities of Rankin Inlet on the coast of Hudson Bay and Pangnirtung, Nunavut. He is a life-long artist starting off working in ceramics when he was 8 years old at the Matchbox Gallery in Rankin Inlet. Later, he also worked as a jewelry artist at Mathew Nuqinqaq’s Aayuraa Studio in Iqaluit. As an artist, he has designed and painted public murals, his mixed-media contemporary sculpture has been exhibited at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco, the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, and the Nunavut Arts Festival in Iqaluit. The grandson of celebrated Naujaat carver Marc Tungilik, Jesse spent his youth admiring the skill and creativity of his grandfather, and sought to create art that challenged the preconceptions of what Inuit art is traditionally thought of and which reflected the contemporary reality of his surroundings. He joins the Northwest Passage Expedition in September after spending 5 weeks as an Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.