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Saila, RCA

Saila, RCA


bone, drawing, printmaking, sculpture/carving, stone

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

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Kilaparutua camp, Kilapak

Date of Death:

Artists may have multiple dates of death listed as a result of when and where they passed away. Similar to date of birth, an artist may have passed away outside of a community centre or in another community resulting in different dates being recorded.


The Igloo Tag Trademark
The Igloo Tag Trademark is an internationally recognized symbol that denotes handmade, original artwork made by Inuit artists in Canada. Established in 1958, the Trademark is now managed by the Inuit Art Foundation. The appearance of the Igloo Tag on an artist profile means they have had the Trademark applied to their artwork.



Best known for the development of dancing bear sculptures, Pauta Saila was born on the land at Kilaparutua camp on Baffin Island in 1916. Saila learned by watching his father, who was also camp leader, to live on the land as well as how to shape stone. He remained a hunter throughout his life, and focused his artistic endeavours solely to carving in 1981, working primarily in soapstone. Saila also drew images of arctic wildlife, his work featured in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection from 1962-1981. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2003. He passed away in 2009.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Embracing and Resisting Change Winter 2009 Inuit Art Quarterly
In Memoriam: Pauta Saila (1916-2009) Winter 2009 Patricia Feheley
Guide to Cape Dorset Artists 2008 Kyra Vladykov Fisher


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Stone and Paper: Inuit Masterworks Aug - Sept 2011 Marion Scott Gallery
Pitaloosie and Pauta Oct 1996 - Jan 1997 McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Not Just a Dancing Step... Jan - Feb 1996 Galerie D'Art Vincent


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 2003 Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 1981 Dorset Fine Arts
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 1980 Dorset Fine Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art Fort Worth, TX, United States
Amway Environmental Foundation Collection Ada, MI, United States

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February 23, 2018 Created By: Lera Kotsyuba