“I like carving owls. I have seen owls done by my grandfather, Kiakshuk, in books. I do not remember him, as I was too young. I have also watched as my father, Lukta, carves owls. It is good that owls continue to be carved through the generations in our family. This owl is a young owl. The owl is screeching for food, as it is hungry. It is standing at the nest stretching its wings. The wings are still weak, so the owl cannot fly. The owl is waiting for food from the mother owl. Owls are a favourite subject for me in my carvings and jewellery.”
Pootoogook learned to carve from his master carver father, Lukta, and has been sculpting for many years. He also was a printmaker for eight of the Cape Dorset annual print collections and studied in the jewellery program at Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit. Pootoogook has exhibited widely and was included in the 1989 “Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks” that toured for many years.
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