ABOUT THE ARTIST
David Ruben Piqtoukun (b. 1950) is an Inuvialuk sculptor working primarily in stone and metal. He was born in Paulatuk, NWT, in what is now the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. David began learning Inuit stories in 1975, and his vast wealth of knowledge and oral history forms the foundation of his distinctive style. Shamanistic masks, journeys and transformation, as well as scenes of Arctic life and animals, all represent common themes within his work, which also incorporates contemporary elements such as airplanes and computers.
A veteran of the art world, David had his first solo exhibition in 1973 at Arctic Arts Limited. Other significant exhibitions have included a 1996 showing with the Winnipeg Art Gallery titled Between Two Worlds: Sculpture by David Ruben Piqtoukun. His work was also featured in the 1986 Expo in Vancouver, BC at the Northwest Territories Pavilion, and in dozens of group exhibitions since the 1970s, in places such as France, Italy, Germany, Japan and more. In 2022, his leadership in the art world was recognized with a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. David is based in Southern Ontario.