“I do not play the guitar but have always wanted to. I like listening to music, especially the Beatles and old stuff from the 1960s. The shape of the guitar reminds me of a beautiful woman singing nice tunes. I put the shell in as I like adding different things to my carvings. The shell came from my mother, Oopik Pitseolak, who found it somewhere.”
“Jamasie is from a family of artists. He is the son of carvers Oopik and Mark Pitseolak and grandson of the noted carver and photographer Peter Pitseolak, who was his first inspiration. Pitseolak began his career at a young age, selling his first works to the Hudson’s Bay Company. He studied painting under Peter John Voormeij. Feeling a lack of connection with the more traditional themes of hunters and wildlife generally found in Inuit sculpture, in the late 1990s he began incorporating more unconventional and modern imagery, such as machinery with movable parts, motorcycles, guitars, and other items from everyday life, often with a sense of humor or irony. Using a “collage-like” style rather than working from a single block of stone, Pitseolak painstakingly assembles his sculptures from individually carved pieces.”
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