Born in 1950 in Cape Dorset, Matthew began his artistic career working is soapstone. He has since expanded his materials to include serpentine stone. Having grown up in the Canadian Arctic’s artistic centre, Matthew was surrounded by exemplary carvers throughout his youth. His early exposure to outstanding artistic talents informed his style and strengthened his technique.
A skilled hunter, Matthew prefers to depict wildlife and scenes from the spirit world. He is intimately familiar with the power of the Arctic – its landscape and inhabitants. Matthew was director of the West Baffin Co-operative for several years and served on several regional boards, leading to the formation of the new territory of Nunavut. He is a former mayor of Cape Dorset. As a leading artist and advocate for his community, Matthew is a key mentor to younger generations.
Matthew has an aptitude for looking at a piece of stone and finding the characters within it. This skill has provided him with the opportunity to exhibit his pieces across North America and Switzerland. While much of Matthew’s time is spent hunting, fishing, and working to strengthen his community, he continues to carve exquisite pieces.