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Mathewsie Tunnillie

Cape Dorset
 
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Mathewsie Tunnillie

Cape Dorset
 

Mathewsie Tunnillie is a young, up and coming artist from the Cape Dorset region in Nunavut Territory.  He was born February 10, 1984, and is part of a family of carvers.  Mathewsie describes his grandfather, Qabaroaq Tunnillie, as someone who has influenced his work.  Another carver in the Tunnillie family includes Ashevak Tunnillie, Mathewsie's uncle.

Mathewsie prefers to work primarily in Soapstone, carving bears, birds and walrus as his favourite subjects.  Animals play a vital role in the everyday lives of Inuit people, and only in the recent past has the peoples' dependence on them lessoned.  Based on years of observing, stalking and butchering prey, Inuit wildlife art shows a keen awareness of the physical characteristics, habitats and seasonal changes of animals.

Cape Dorset is probably the most famous art producing community in Canada's north.  With so many talented sculptors, there is bound to be a wide range of styles.  The Cape Dorset sculptural style is rooted in both wildlife and the spirit world, but has incorporated a love of the flamboyant, the dramatic and the decorative.


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