Qaqasiralaq was one of the most important Panniqtuuq artists of the late 1960s and 1970s. He occasionally drew for the community print program in the early 1970s but is best known for his sculptures in stone and whale bone. His work has been shown in dozens of exhibitions (including two solo shows) and is held in numerous public collections including the Canadian Museum of History, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Canada.
Although carved in stone, this handsome and truly charming figure is quite similar in pose and overall look to the porous whale bone figure of a hunter by this artist illustrated in George Swinton’s Sculpture of the Inuit (1972/92), fig. 100. Two other fine works (one in stone, one in bone) are illustrated in Alistair MacDuff’s Lords of the Stone (1982), pp. 98-99.