Trapped Fox by Pootoogook Jaw


Artist:                   Pootoogook Jaw

Community:        Kinngait — Cape Dorset

Year:                      2016

Media:                   Serpentine


This Trapped Fox by Pootoogook Jaw from Kinngait–Cape Dorset  is a wonderful small carving.
Given the subject matter, it’s maybe not appropriate to use the word wonderful, but Pootoogook  has very much captured the fox in distress. The details are exquisite. The carving is done in a green-grey serpentine stone as can be seen in most images.
Two images seem to give the impression that the stone is more reddish brown, but that’s because they were taken with a different camera under different light conditions. They have been included here to give good sense of detail. This carving of a Trapped Fox by Pootoogook Jaw is indeed a small treasure.


Additional information

Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 6.75 × 2.5 × 2 in

Biography Pootoogook Jaw

Pootoogook Jaw
Community: Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU
Date of Birth: 09 February 1959
Kinngait, NU

Pootoogook Jaw was born near Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU in 1959.

One of the three sculptor sons of master carver Joe Jaw, [Kingwatsiak (King) Jaw, Mathew Saviadjuk] Pootoogook has been carving from an early age.

He uses a wide range of subjects in his work, and his style varies depending on the nature of the stone that he is dealing with. At times, his sculptures have multiple figures interacting and are almost obsessively detailed; at other times, particularly when working with very hard stones, his work is simpler and more iconic. His quiet sense of humour often surfaces in his work.

Jaw has been active in mentoring younger generations of carvers and is supportive greater interdependence and self-determination among Inuit artists.
He is involved in sharing his knowledge with younger carvers and hopes to keep the artistry alive in future generations. His son Ottokie Jaw is also a carver and a musician and his nephew Noah Jaw is a full time carver as well.

Pootoogook Jaw’s work has been exhibited in Canada and Europe.

His work is held in the collections of the Musee d’art Inuit Brousseau and the Museum of Anthropology. Jaw has been part of several exhibitions in Canada and internationally, and has been featured in the Inuit Art Quarterly.


News Roundup: MAC Montreal Renovation Delays, Fallout from Ontario Culture Cuts and More June 27, 2019. Canadian Art

Tuvaq: Inuit Art and the Modern World. Winter 2010. Susan Gustavison

Tuvaq: Inuit Art and the Modern World. 2010. Ken Mantel and Heather Lane


Ohito Ashoona and Pootoogook Jaw Sept – Oct 2012
Albers Gallery

Small Treasures
Jan – Feb 2011
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver

Small Sculptures by Great Artists December 2010
Feheley Fine Arts


Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada

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