Born February 15, 1951, Ishulutaq started carving at the age of sixteen, learning the traditional techniques by watching his grandfather. He has since progressed into creating sculptures from antler, ivory, whalebone, and stone. His favourite subjects include people, birds, and other animals native to the Arctic. He also enjoys portraying images from ancient stories imparted to him by his grandfather, as well as images from his extensive imagination. Additionally, Ishulutaq enjoys drawing and jewelry making.
Several members of Ishulutaq’s family are involved in the arts. His mother Elisapee, brother Lazalusie, and sisters Rosie and Jessie are all active artists in Pangnirtung and Iqaluit.