Tytosie was born in Iqaluit Hospital, but has grown up in Cape Dorset. He started carving around the age of eleven (1985), but began carving seriously around 1993. He learned to carve by watching his late grandfather, Qabaroak, and his mother, Oviloo. “I used to watch my mother carving and I think I was inspired by her work. When she was finished roughing out the stone, I would sometimes help her with sanding.”* Although Tytosie admired his mother’s work, he wanted to develop his own individual style. He enjoys using his imagination to create transformation sculpture. Tytosie has worked with serpentine and marble, and likes to work with small to medium size stone.
*Interview with the artist, July 1996, Adamie Ashevak, INAC
Excerpt courtesy Inuit Art Section, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), 1997.
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