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Johnnylee Pudlat

Johnnylee Pudlat

What do you think of first when you hear the word "arctic"? Polar Bears. Walrus. Narwhals. Caribou. All of the BIG names in the frozen north, right?

Allow us introduce you to Arctic birds. Migratory by nature, only 3 over-winter in the harsh environment on the tundra: Snowy owls, ravens & ptarmigans. Buntings. Loons. Sandpipers. Geese. And terns: these are just a few of the 100+ species of avian beings that live part- time in the Arctic. Typically considered a vast wasteland of ice, snow & permafrost, birds are vital to the ecology of the tundra. Pollinators, waders, hunters, & seed-carriers, birds also provide for the Inuit with eggs, meat and feathers and bones that are fashioned into tools.

Represented here in stone, textiles and on paper, we pay homage to these vital instruments of Arctic ecology.

"It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds." - Aesop

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10" x 12" x 5"
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Johnnylee Pudlat

Johnnylee Pudlat has lived most of his life in Cape Dorset with his family. Johnnylee's father, the late Saila Pudlat, was a carver, as is his mother, Padloo Saila Pudlat. Johnnylee began carving in 1986, and is self-taught. His preferred subject matter is birds and animals.

2002 Polar Bears: An Exhibition of Inuit Sculpture, Galerie Inuit Plus, Timmins, ON (online exhibition)
2001 Spirit of the Walrus, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2001 Young Carvers from Cape Dorset: JohnnyLee Pudlat and Ashevak Adla, Albers Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997 Stone & Bone, The Inuit Master Carvers of the Canadian Arctic, The Northwest Company, Sun Valley Center for the Arts & Humanities,
Ketcham, ID
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