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Jesse Tungilik

About Jesse Tungilik

Cultural Educator
Jesse is a multi-disciplinary artist and former Executive Director of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA) in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. He has also lived in the communities of Rankin Inlet on the west coast of Hudson Bay and Pangnirtung on Baffin Island.
Jesse is is a lifelong artist who started working with ceramics at the age of 8 at 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.
Jesse looks forward to sharing his creative knowledge with guests and getting inspired for his next big project.