David Ruben Piqtoukun Sculptor/Artist
Plainfield, Ontario

David Ruben Piqtoukun is a carver and sculptor born in Paulatuk, Northwest Territories. He works primarily in stone, metal, walrus ivory, caribou antler and bone, interpreting the legends and mythology of his people. His recollections of a nomadic existence followed by tumultuous years in residential school have informed his work in subtle yet dramatic ways.

His works are held in private collections, museums and galleries around the world. He has been featured in several documentaries, has mentored fellow artist Floyd Kuptana and continues to actively exhibit his work and participate in conferences. He was appointed to the UNESCO’s Canadian Committee for the UNESCO's World Decade for Cultural Development in 1989 and to the Sculptor’s Society of Canada in 2000. David Ruben Piqtoukun lives in Plainfield, Ontario.

David Ruben Piqtoukun’s website

“Since the early 1970s, Piqtoukun has consistently retained the most important element in his work by focussing on his Inuit heritage. His visual storytelling incorporates diverse materials of various stones, bone, wood and, occasionally, feathers. He is a leader, with progressive innovations of contemporary works incorporating Brazilian soapstone, Italian alabaster, marble, steel and bronze.

In exploring the human condition, Piqtoukun’s work speaks of and to people’s resilience. Through his work, he inspires, mentoring the younger generation with poignant narratives.”

Nominator: Judi Michelle Young, President, Sculptors Society of Canada (SSC) and Director of the Canadian Sculpture Centre (on behalf of the SSC)

“In exploring the human condition, Piqtoukun’s work speaks of and to people’s resilience. Through his work, he inspires, mentoring the younger generation with poignant narratives.”

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