Parr (1893-1969) lived a traditional Inuit lifestyle until 1961, when he settled in Cape Dorset because of declining health and a hunting accident. In Cape Dorset, Parr began to draw and make stone-cut relief prints. He created over 2,000 works in the next eight years. These are mainly images of hunting scenes, although Shamanic subjects are also depicted. In 1977 one of his prints was featured on a Canadian postage stamp.
Parr's work is included in the permanent collections of several museums, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Canadian Museum of History, the Dennos Museum Center, the National Museum of the American Indian, the British Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.