Drying Skin by Mosesee Pootoogook


Artist: Mosesee Pootoogook

Community: Cape Dorset

Year: 2011

Media: Serpentine, Seal skin, Wood



Drying skin is a wonderful, unusual piece by Mosesee Pootoogook, an Inuit artist from Cape Dorset. This is a great piece composed of three separate pieces, an Inuk man and woman carved from serpentine, and a frame, which is held by the stone carvings, to dry a sealskin. There are fantastic details in the piece, such as the baby peeking out from the amauti. This is a great carving to add to your collection.


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Additional information

Weight 1.75 kg
Dimensions 13.25 × 5.5 × 6 in

About Mosesee Pootoogook


Date of Birth: June 16, 1977 Male/Female: Male

Place of Birth: Cape Dorset

Mother: Ishuhungitok Pootoogook (deceased)

Father: Paulassie Pootoogook

Mosesie was born in Iqaluit Hospital but has grown up in Cape Dorset. His father, Paulassie Pootoogook, is a well-known Cape Dorset carver and his late mother, Ishuhungitok was an artist. Mosesie’s older brother Anakadlak is also a carver.

Mosesie began carving at the age of eleven. His father taught him to carve and sometimes they worked together making carvings. His favourite subjects to carve are dancing bears, seals, walruses and birds. He prefers to work in serpentine stone because it is softer than marble.

* Interview with the artist, July 1996, Adamie Ashevak, INAC


Our Land Transforming: Celebrating the Enduring
Spirit of the Inuit
Arctic Raven Gallery
One Front Street, Second Floor
POB 2139
Friday Harbor, Washington, U.S.A. 98250

November – December 1995 Miniaturen
Inuit Galerie
Mannheim, Germany

November 1996 Small Sculpture by Great Artists V
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

June 1997 Singing & Dancing & Playing
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

October – December 2002 Polar Bears: An Exhibition of Inuit Sculpture/Inuit:
(Online exhibition)
Galerie Inuit Plus
Timmins, Ontario, Canada

2006 Rhythms in Motion
Galerie d’art Vincent
Ottawa, Ontario
(illustrated catalogue)

November – December 2006 Arctic Miniatures
The Albers Gallery
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

January – February, 2009 Small Treasures
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia

December, 2009 Small Sculptures by Great Artists
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario
(illustrated brochure)

May – June, 2010 Polar Bears
Canadian Arctic Gallery
Basel, Switzerland

January – February, 2011 Small Treasures 2011
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia

May – June, 2011 Birds
Canadian Arctic Gallery
Basel, Switzerland

June – July, 2011 New Beginnings in the Arctic
Balzac Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

October, 2011 Stone and Paper
Cape Dorset 2011
Native Art Gallery
Oakville, ON
(illustrated catalogue)

January, 2012 Small Treasures
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, BC

June – July, 2014 Ursa Major: The Great Bear
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, BC

January – February, 2017 Small treasures
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia


Musee d’art Inuit Brousseau, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

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