This Walking Bear by Pudlalik Shaa is another example of the lovely small scale work that Pudlalik so excels in. Shaa, from Cape Dorset/Kinngait, is a talented carver, capable of sculpting with graceful lines as demonstrated in this small treasure: a small but mighty bear.
Biography Pudlalik Shaa
Settlement: Cape Dorset / Kinngait
(1965) — E7-1906
Pudlalik is one of the sons of noted sculptor Aqjangajuk Shaa. Pudlalik made his first carving when he was 12 and has been carving ever since. He learned by watching the generation of carvers who, like his father, used axes to work on their pieces. Pudlalik still uses an axe on occasion, though he also uses more modern tools. Familiar themes are walrus and drumdancers.
Pudlalik was influenced by his father’s work. “I watched [my father] as he carved, he taught me. …my first carving …was a small seal, since then I’ve been carving, not all the time, but whenever I felt up to it.” Interview with the artist, Inuit Art Section, Nov. 1994.
Inuit Art from the Canadian Arctic, Bayly Art Museum University of Virginia
Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts from Dene and Inuit of Canada, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
Kunstwerke der Inuit, Presented by CreARTion, Eppstein in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of Canadian Studies at the Hotel am Badersee
Multiple Realities: Inuit Images of Shamanic Transformation, Winnipeg Art Gallery
Sculpture Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
The Next Generation–Inuit Sculpture, Gallery Indigena
The Shaa Family: Axangayu Shaa, Qiatsuq Shaa, Pudlalik Shaa, Albers Gallery of Inuit Art
Wildlife and Nature in Art, Arctic Experience
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg
2005 Cape Dorset Sculpture FEATURED PAGE 66, 67
1995 Institute of American Indian Arts Museum KEEPING OUR STORIES ALIVE: An Exhibition of Art & Crafts from the Dene & Inuit of Canada. Satna Fe, NM
1993 Wight, Darlene MULTIPLE REALITIES : Inuit Images of Shamanic Transformation, Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Art Gallery