Sammy Kolola

Sammy Kolola’s artistic journey is deeply rooted in the landscapes and traditions of his homeland, Kimmirut, NU. Growing up surrounded by the natural beauty of Baffin Island and immersed in the cultural heritage of his community, Sammy developed a profound connection to his surroundings from an early age.

His decision to carve in the traditional Inuit style reflects a commitment to preserving and honoring the artistic legacy of his ancestors. With a keen eye for detail and an intuitive understanding of his materials, Sammy carefully selects stones from the rugged terrain of Baffin Island, seeking out the perfect medium for his creations. Whether it’s the smooth elegance of marble or the rich hues of serpentine, each stone carries its own unique character, which Sammy skillfully enhances through his carving process.

In his sculptures, Sammy captures the spirit of Arctic wildlife with a playful yet sophisticated touch. His depictions of animals, such as polar bears, seals, and walruses, are imbued with a sense of joy and vitality, reflecting his deep reverence for the natural world. At the same time, his abstract style adds a contemporary edge to his work, infusing it with modernity and artistic innovation.

Through his art, Sammy invites viewers to experience the beauty and wonder of the Arctic landscape, offering a glimpse into a world shaped by tradition, resilience, and the enduring bond between humanity and nature. Each sculpture is not just a work of art but a testament to the timeless spirit of Inuit culture and the enduring legacy of those who call the North their home.

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