This magnificent Drum Dancer by Pootoogook Jaw from Kinngait — Cape Dorset is carved out of Arctic Marble. Master Inuit carver Pootoogook Jaw with almost 40 years of carving experience mostly carves in traditional green stone. His carvings typically show a great deal of details and are full of movement. Even in the more difficult to carve Arctic Marble stone, Pootoogook achieves a wonderful level of detail. This striking Drum Dancer by Pootoogook Jaw is a great example of Pootoogook’s ability and will be a continuous source of pleasure in any collection..
Biography Pootoogook Jaw
Pootoogook Jaw (1959 – )
Pootoogook Jaw was born in Cape Dorset, but lived for many years in Iqaluit, NU, teaching other Inuit artists carving skills. Pootoogook is a master carver, he is considered to be one of the best Inuit artists in the world.
He started carving almost 40 years ago, first Pootoogook learnt by watching his father. His father was a master carver Joe Jaw. Pootoogoks’s carvings are always very dynamic and happy.
1990 Inuit Masterworks, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
1992 Our Hoods are Full, Arctic Artistry, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
1992 Arctic Ice: Sculptures in Marble by the Artists of Cape Dorset, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1995 Inuit Mythology, Arctic Experience, Hamilton, ON
1995 Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of Arts & Crafts from the Dene & Inuit of Canada, Institute of Amcerican Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM
1995 Inspiration – Four Decades of Sculpture, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1996 New Visions, Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2001 Baffin Island Sculpture, Albers Gallery of Inuit Art, San Francisco, CA
2002 Ohito Ashoona & Pootoogook Jaw, Albers Gallery of Inuit Art, San Francisco, CA
1990 Inuit Gallery of Vancouver INUIT MASTERWORKS: Nov 2-24,
1990. Vancouver, BC: Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
1994 Dewar, Patricia YOU HAD TO BE THERE, Nepean, ON: Inuit Art Quarterly, 9(1) Spring 1994, pp. 20-28
1993 Goo-Doyle, Ovilu TIME WILL MAKE YOU A CARVER: An Interview with Pootoogook Jaw of Cape Dorset: Inuit Art Quarterly 8(2)
Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art MONUMENTS IN STONE: Recent Sculpture from Cape Dorset Toronto: The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
1995 Institute of American Indian Arts Museum KEEPING OUR STORIES ALIVE: An Exhibition of Art & Crafts from Dene & Inuit of Canada. Santa Fe, NM
1992 Marion Scott Gallery ARCTIC ICE: SCULPTURES IN MARBLE BY THE ARTISTS OF CAPE DORSET, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES. Vancouver: Marion Scott Gallery
2005 Cape Dorest Sculpture FEATURED PAGE 74