UQAITUK, Jobie (1946)

Born in Inukjuak, Quebec in 1946, the Inuit artist Jobie Uqaituk or “Ohaituk” has been sculpting since the age of ten, but his artistic career didn’t begin until the beginning of the 1990s. Until then, the Inuit artist would become a hunter and work at a printing shop in Inukjuak. When he started, his work was very similar to that of other sculptors, but starting in the 1990s, Jobie Uqaituk refined his style by creating more dramatic works with strong lines and well thought out compositions. The artist only works with artisanal tools because this is the only way for him to have a direct, even sacred, connection with the stone. His pieces often depict very narrative scenes, but he sometimes draws from the supernatural themes of Inuit legends. He also creates sculptures of animals in their environments. In 2001, Jobie Uqituk had the honour of seeing his piece entitled Father and Song Fishing given to the American president Georges W. Bush by Bombardier.