SHEOKJUK OQUTAQ (1920-1982)
Private Collection, Hamilton, Ontario
Darlene Coward Wight, Early Masters: Inuit Sculpture 1949-1955, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2006, p. 153-154
Sheokjuk began carving ivory miniatures in 1946 following his move from Cape Dorset/Kinngait to a camp in Kimmirut. At that time, The Hudson's Bay Company had initiated a large-scale cottage industry in the settlement, encouraging community members to make carvings for sale. Sheokjuk quickly became known for his talent; the quality of his ivory carvings were unlike any other artist's, notably his human figures and animals.