Pudlalik Shaa

Born in 1965 (Cape Dorset, Nunavut)

Pudlalik Shaa, the son of the renowned Inuit sculptor Aqjangajuk Shaa, embarked on his sculpting journey at the age of 12, learning the art of sculpture in the traditional way by observing his father and other sculptors at work.

From the age of 17, Pudlalik has been immersed in his art, honing his skills exclusively with hand tools – an axe, a saw, a rasp, and various files. It was only around 15 years ago that he began using electric tools. His repertoire encompasses a range of subjects, including transformations, walruses, geese, muskoxen, and drum dancers. Pudlalik typically sculpts small to medium-sized sculptures, unless he ventures 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, a testament to his skill level that undeniably sets him apart from other artists in the region.

Pudlalik has exhibited his work in North America and Europe, showcasing his talent and unique artistic vision to audiences around the world. His style is characterized by meticulous attention to detail, balanced compositions, and a deep understanding of the natural forms he depicts. As the son of a renowned artist, Pudlalik Shaa has carved out his own place in the world of Inuit art, earning recognition and acclaim for his exceptional talent and craftsmanship.