Pudlalik Shaa

Born in 1965 (Cape Dorset, Nunavut)

Pudlalik Shaa is the son of the famous Inuit sculptor, Aqjangajuk Shaa. He started carving at the age of 12 after learning the art of carving the traditional way by watching his father and other sculptors at work.

Pudlalik has been feeding off his art since the age of 17. He learned to carve exclusively using hand tools – an ax, a saw, a rasp and various files. The artist only started using power tools about 15 years ago. He carves a range of subjects, including transformations, walruses, geese, muskoxen and drum dancers. Pudlalik usually carves small to medium sized sculptures, except when he goes out to the quarry and is able to bring back larger pieces of stone. Many of his birds and transformations are finely balanced on one leg, an asset quite worthy of his calibre, which undeniably sets him apart from other artists in the region.

Pudlalik has had exhibitions in North America and Europe.