Birds by Pavinak Petaulassie





Artist: Pavinak Petaulassie

Community: Cape Dorset

Year: 2016

Media: Serpentine



This stunning carving by Pavinak Petaulassie is from Cape Dorset, the community commonly referred to as the “Inuit art capital”. The detail in this piece is wonderful. The serpentine used in this piece has interesting colouration, and lends itself well to this line of birds. You can imagine them squawking aloud while waiting for food. Get your ducks in a row and order this piece before someone beats you to it!

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 13 × 2 × 2.75 in

About Pavinak Petaulassie


Date of Birth: October 8, 1961 Male/Female: Male E7-1959
Place of Birth: Cape Dorset

Mother: Timangiak Petaulassie

Father: Aggeak Petaulassie

Pavinaq’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.” Pavinaq 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.


March – April 1984 Heritage of the Inuit: Masterpieces of the Eskimo
Colorado Galleries of the Arts
Arapahoe Community College
Littleton, Colorado, U.S.A.

May – June 1991 Mother and Child: Sculpture and Prints
Albers Gallery
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
(illustrated brochure)

November – December 1993 The Treasured Monument
Marion Scott Gallery
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
(illustrated catalogue)

December 1993 Small Sculptures by Great Artists II
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

December 2005 – January 2006 Small Sculptures by Great Artists
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

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

December, 2010 Survival: Staying Alive in a Harsh World
Images of the North
San Francisco
December, 2010 Small Sculptures by Great Artists
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario
(illustrated catalogue)

April, 2011 Flight Across the Tundra
Balzac Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

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


Marion Scott Gallery
THE TREASURED MONUMENT: An Exhibition of Small-scale Inuit Sculpture.
Vancouver: Marion Scott Gallery, 1993.