This Killer Whale by Johnnysa Matthewsie from Kinngait — Cape Dorset is an outstanding little gem from what is quickly becoming an important new carver on the Dorset scene. The attention to details, the overall execution of the carving and the general presence of the Killer Whale are all sublime.
This is nothing short of a little treasure, a masterpiece in its own right, small but mighty. A nice addition to anyone’s collection.
Biography Johnnysa Matthewsie
(1984 – )
Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada
Johnnysa Mathewsie comes from a family of well known Inuit carvers. He is the son of Qiatsuk Qiatsuk and a grandson of master carver Lukta Qiatsuk. His uncle is Padlaya Qiatsuq and his great grandfather is the renowned Kiakshuk. Johnnysa learned to carve from his grandfather Lukta when he was 12 years old. He now supports himself almost exclusively through carving.
He carves a range of subjects including Arctic wildlife and figurative carvings. Johnnysa is well known for his Canada geese carvings. The wings of his birds are often spread out ready to soar with fine details. His carving style honours his family and he is also willing to explore new subjects. He often uses glass beads for the eyes of his subjects. Johnnysa is an emerging talent from Cape Dorset and many galleries carry his sculptures.
name spellings include – Johnnysa Mathewsie, Johnysa Mathewsie, Johnny Mathewsie
60 Years: West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Anniversary Exhibition October 2019 – January 2020 Colbourne Street Gallery