Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Bird Preening (2003)

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  • Medium: serpentine
  • Size: 9 × 7 × 2.5 inches
  • Reference Code: Q40633

“This bird is cleaning itself on the water. Birds clean their feathers regularly.”

Pitseolak Niviaqsi

Pitseolak Niviaqsi

Inuit

Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada

(1947-2015)

A son of the great sculptor and graphic artist Niviaksiak and the graphic artist Kunu, Pitseolak trained as a printmaker, possibly through the influence of his older brother, Qiatsuq. As a sculptor, he has a talent for using positive and negative space that imbues his work with a lightness and fluidity reminiscent of the work of the two great masters Osuitok Ipeelee and Lukta Qiatsuk. His work has a wide range: graceful interpretations of wildlife, particularly birds; family carvings, which often represent his wife and children; and depictions of the sea goddess. His future as a master carver and mentor to the new generation of carvers seems assured.