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Silas was born in 1956 in Hall Beach. He learned to carve at an early age by watching other family members carving. His work reflects a keen interest in the human figure: "...I carve people in movement and everyday life. My father used to carve animals, and he used to say that all his life, he'd looked at people's faces and, after all those years, he'd never learned to carve the face. I challenged him and started carving people in movement, balanced and [pursuing] their lifestyle."*

*quote from "Silas Qayaqyuaq Wants to Share Ideas With Other Artists", Inuit Art Quarterly, Sprin, 1995, p. 25.
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Sedna by Silas Kayakjuak, Hall Beach

Napachie Sharky, born in 1971 in Cape Dorset and younger brother of Toonoo Sharky was influenced by many family members. Despite all this he creates his own style. He has a wide range of subjects but is best known for his bird creations.

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Born at Oopingnivik in the Cumberland Sound area of Baffin Island, Jackoposie Oopakak also grew up in "urban" Iqaluit, where his family moved in the late 1950s to be near the American military base. Oopakak began to carve alongside his father and other men settling in the town who benefited from the steady stream of visitors passing through. By 1978 he had achieved a level of fame locally, receiving regular commissions. His participation in a government-sponsored jewellery workshop familiarized him with precision tools, which facilitated his reputation for elaborately carved walrus tusks.

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Kayakers and Seals, Jackoposie Upaka, Iqaluit

Dancing Bear by Ohito Ashoona, Cape Dorset

Ohito Ashoona, son of Kaka and Mayoreak Ashoona and nephew of Keogak Ashoona learned to live off the land. He knows his preferred subject by heart and that's the secret of his masterful depictions of the polar bear.

Visiting our gallery for all of the three solo exhibitions we were lucky to offer to our collectors he became a true friend of our family.

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Pavinak’s father, the late Aggeak Petaulassie (1983), was also a carver. His mother, Timangiak, and brothers Qatsiya and Etidlui are artists in Cape Dorset. “My father used to tell me about carving…I like carving in stone because it is easier to work with.” Pavinak began carving in the early 1970’s and prefers groupings of birds or walrus, “They are beautiful animals, that’s why.”

From an interview with the Inuit Art Section, November, 1994.
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Two Caribous, Pavinak Petaulassie, Cape Dorset

Diving Bear by Moe Pootoogook, Cape Dorset

Moe Pootoogook has grown up in Cape Dorset. His father taught him to carve and sometimes they are working together. Moe's preferred subject are Bears. And he preferres carving in serpentine because it's softer than marble. Lucky us, that we got a lovely bear in marble!

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Markoosie Papigatok began carving at the age of 12. He is largely self taught. Markoosie has observed and learned many things from his uncle - well known artist Asvevak Tunnillie. His preferred subject is the polar bear - mainly the dancing ones.

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Dancing Bears by Markoosie Papigatok, Cape Dorset

 
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