Matt Oshitsiaq

Born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut

Matt Oshitsiaq is a young artist from Cape Dorset, the capital of Inuit art. He lives mainly from the land, hunting and fishing. He is considered as a young promising emerging artists.

Matt is influenced by various well-known sculptors when it comes to sculpting bears, especially walking bears.

This artist takes pride in carving in the traditional way; by recovering his own stones that he finds in open pit mines on Baffin Island. He mainly carves marble or serpentine, a local stone found in open pit mines in Nunavut. Serpentine is a rock similar in composition to jade. Just like jade, it is a very hard stone, so it takes a lot of artistic vitality to carve it.

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