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Alariaq Shaa was born in Cape Dorset which is located on Baffin Island in Canada's high arctic. Being from a very well respected and noted artist family Alariaq is wellon his way to be an artist to watch out for as he continues to hone his craft.
Alariaq is the son of renowned Cape Dorset carver Axangayuk Shaa.
Date of birth: 1946 Birth place: Tulukanni Residence: Cape Dorset Signature piece: Loon Etulu Etidloi learned to carve by watching his father, Etidloi Etidloi, carve when he was younger. Because of the loon being requested so much, it became his primary carving for 25 years. He is a dedicated artist, who mainly carves to support himself. Etulu says that the shape of the stone is what dictates what he should make, and often studies the stone before he makes a piece.
Isaci Etidloie was born on November 15, 1972. He comes from a family of well-known artists from cape Dorset, the most art productive community on Baffin Island, Nunavut. Isaci is the son of Cape Dorset carver Etulu Etidloie known primarily, for his lovely loons mounted on either stone, or a piece of caribou antler, and the grandson of renowned graphic artists Etidlooie and Kingmeata Etidloie. His uncle Kelly is also a talented sculptor, mostly known for his lively carvings of narwhals. Isaci is a very gifted young artist with a tremendous amount of potential. Like his father, Isaci likes to carve birds, but he is equally interested in portraying human figure and mythological imagery, and that is where his great technical control in depicting the movement and proportions is best represented. Isaci takes great care in choosing the stone. His carvings are made of finest serpentine of varying green shades with gold veining, smoothed and polished to best exhibit the beauty of the stone. Serpentine is a metamorphic rock found on Baffin Island. It is a very hard stone with a composition similar to Jade.
Johnny Manning was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut in the year of 1985 but was raised in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Johnny had learned his carving skills from the Master Carvers in Cape Dorset at a young age when we asked Johnny what he would like to share with people buying his art he shared that "Most of us carvers do this for a living, all it takes is hard work! You have to put some effort, time and start doing it as a hobby. Enjoy it! "
Kellypalik (Qilippalik) Qimirpik (E7-754) was born just oustide of Cape Dorset. He has four children, two of which also carve. He is the son of Qimirpik and the father of Pits Qimirpik. Kellypalik learned to carve on his own. He remembers his uncle didn’t want to carve a piece anymore and Kellypalik finished the piece. Once the piece was completed, he went and sold it to the trading post outside of Kimmirut and two of the items he received in payment for his carving were a pocket knife and some bullets for a .22. This occurred while he was still a child and since than he has been carving. He started out carving pieces into seal and remembers being paid $3.75. He estimates that in todays value this would be a payment of about $200. “I enjoy carving, I’m not one to stay put” said Kellypalik. “Children and Youth watch me carve and I feel that I motivate them because I sense them thinking they would carve too when they group up, that they think they can do it too”. Kellypalik Qimirpik has done exhibitions in the past including one in Hamilton and has plans for one in Ottawa, ON.
Ningiukulu is the mother of four children and she presently is living in Cape Dorset. Ning learned her carving skills at a young age from her father. Her signature piece is the Inuksuk. Ning Quotes when asked what would you like to share with anyone looking to purchase your art. "I learned from my father, he taught me how to carve. I want people to know about my art that I create." Ning carves to support her family. Sometimes times are hard, but I put those hard times into my art.God created life the same way I create my art.
Noo Atsiaq was born in 1986, he was born in Iqaluit and grew up in Cape Dorset. He used to watch his grandfather and others carve, which is how he learned, by observing them. He loves carving. His dream is to be famous for his carvings. He works hard to ensure that his carvings are nice and to make his carvings realistic. Noo was an amazing artist and will be truly missed.
Born 1961 in Cape Dorset. Pavinak learned how to carve from his mother and himself. One of his signature pieces is a totem pole carving. His totem carving has three different figures: inuksuks, polar bears and birds. His story behind using the totem carving as his signature piece comes from when he was out polar bear hunting. As a hunter, he used inuksuks to his advantage and noticed that animals were found near and around inuksuks. Because of this, polar bears could be found near inuksuks to easily hunt their prey. These animals inspired Pavinak to carve totem pole pieces.
Peter Parr was born in 1970; he grew up in an outpost camp. When his mother became ill they had to move to Cape Dorset. He learned the craft of carving from has father and two brothers. Peter is a very humble, he mentioned that his father and two brothers are much better carvers than he is.
Pits is from Cape Dorset, His art is from all aspects of life. legends, transformations, humans , animal scenes etc. Years ago Iwas out for dinner and Pits came to our table and asked if i would like to purchase a small carving depicting a hunter in his boat steering it complete with traditional tools. There was another inuit yo unger artist there and he came to our table and asked Pits, Why do you make such things , there so intricate and you could make animals easier and sell them for more . Pits looked at me then slowly looked at the young man and said because i can. Well that is a tue story and yes Pits can, his art is truly that art and his talent is not one dimensional.