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Aqjangajuk Shaa

Aqjangajuk Shaa (Axangayu), Inuit artist (born at Shartoweetuk camp near Cape Dorset, Nunavut 17 March 1937; died 2019).

Bear & Seal
Green soapstone by Aqjangajuk Shaa, Cape Dorset.

Aqjangajuk, who began carving in stone in the 1950s, did not do a great deal of detailing; instead he worked for a total effect, concentrating on spatial interaction, expressive qualities and overall form. While some of his carvings of human and animal subjects are compact, robust, solid and static, others are more open, outwardly thrusting, dynamic forms. His only print, Wounded Caribou (1961), is a very effective portrayal of an animal stricken by a hunter's arrow.

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