Thomas Ugjuk was born in Whale Cove, Nunavut in 1921 and is the son of renowned Gjoa Haven artist, John Kavik. Thomas Ugjuk’s work is remarkably animated and his style is comparable to that of his father’s.
Both Kavik and Ugjuk were self-taught artists and took to carving whenever they were not hunting. In an interview with the artist in 1993, which appeared in the winter edition of the Inuit Art Quarterly, Ugjuk describes the difficulty he had in deciding what to carve. This may be why there are not many of his works available on the market. Ugjuk says, “I would try to concentrate on an idea of mine and gradually expand on it as I went along... and, other times, it seemed that trying to stay with one idea didn't always work. So, rather than getting stuck with one idea, I would just work on a carving and see what it would become.”
Thomas worked in multiple mediums and both his sculptures and drawings have been featured in numerous exhibitions and museum collections.