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Tommy Takpanie Sr.
( Tokpanie; Tukpanie; Tapanie; Takpani )

Tommy Takpanie Sr. was born on February 25th, 1936, on Baffin Island, Northwest Territories. He resides in Iqaluit (Frobisher Bay). He also lived in Cape Dorset and Pond Inlet.

Tommy is the son of Iqaluit artist Noah Nuna.
He is well known for his characteristic polar
bear carvings. His sons Pauloosie and Tommy Tukpanie Jr. are also artists.

Bear sculpture


Native Canadian and Inuit Art
The Great Canadian Trading Post Co.
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

March - April 1979: Die Kunst aus der Arktis Inuit Galerie, Mannheim Held at the Rathaus Foyer Mainz, Germany (illustrated catalogue)

March - April 1984: Heritage of the Inuit: Masterpieces of the Eskimo Colorado Galleries of the Arts Arapahoe Community College Littleton, Colorado, USA

October 1984: Images of the Far North Studio Art Gallery, State University of New York Binghamton, New York, USA

1987: Collectable Sculpture 1987 Webster Galleries Calgary, Alberta (illustrated catalogue)

March 1988: Iqaluit Inuit Gallery of Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia (catalogue) Tommy Tukpanie Sr. (continued)

August 1990: Traditions and Innovations in Inuit Art Sculpture in Stone Images of the North San Francisco, California, USA (illustrated brochure)

January 1991: Bears of the North Snow Goose Associates Seattle, Washington, USA

February 1993: Inuit Sculpture Gallery Marie-Louise Wirth Zurich, Switzerland

March - April 1994: Wildlife and Nature in Art Arctic Experience Hamilton, Ontario

December 1995: Images from the Arctic Galerie D'Art Vincent Ottawa, Ontario

June - July 2000: Die Kunst aus der Arktis Exhibition title: Art in Stone Canadian Arctic Gallery (Grunder) Hammerstrassu 50, Basel, Switzerland (illustrated catalogue)


June 1992: The Bears of Tommy Tukpanie, Presented at the Ninth combined meeting of the Orthopeadic Associations of the English Speaking World, Toronto Convention Center by Arctic Experience gallery Hamilton, Ontario


Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern College, Traverse City, Michigan, USA
Clenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario