“I like this beautiful animal and like to carve it. They are not easy to carve. I have carved muskox for many years but had only seen them on TV, as there are no muskox in Cape Dorset. The first time I saw real muskox was when I was in Cambridge Bay for the Nunavut Art Festival in 2001.”
Mathew is the eldest of the four sons, all sculptors, of carver Joe Jaw. [Pootoogook Jaw, Salomonie Jaw, Kingwatsiak (King) Jaw] He is a more than capable hunter, a natural leader and an outstanding artist. His favourite themes embrace wildlife of the natural world and subjects from the spirit world, which he portrays with an awareness of the power that both exude. He has bridged the gap between two cultures and is a man of the new North: he was director of the West Baffin Co-operative for a number of years, served on several regional boards that ultimately led to the formation of the new territory of Nunavut and is at present the mayor of Cape Dorset. Mathew is one of the leading artists and a spokesman for his generation in Cape Dorset, and one of the key mentors for the younger generation of carvers in his community.
Spirit Wrestler Gallery
101-1669 West 3rd Ave.
Canada V6J 1K1
Toll Free: 1-888-669-8813
one block West of the Granville Island gates
Between Pine St. and Fir St.
Tuesday to Saturday, open 10-5
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