sculpture/carving, stone

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.

Kinngait, NU
09 February 1959

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.



Pootoogook Jaw was born near Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU in 1959. Jaw began carving at a young age by learning from his father, Joe Jaw. He is known for his detailed renditions of Arctic wildlife, hunters, drum dancers and scenes of traditional Inuit life. Jaw has been active in mentoring younger generations of carvers and is supportive greater interdependence and self-determination among Inuit artists. His work is held in the collections of the Musee d’art Inuit Brousseau and the Museum of Anthropology. Jaw has been part of several exhibitions in Canada and internationally, and has been featured in the Inuit Art Quarterly.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
News Roundup: MAC Montreal Renovation Delays, Fallout from Ontario Culture Cuts and More June 27, 2019 Canadian Art
Tuvaq: Inuit Art and the Modern World Winter 2010 Susan Gustavison
Tuvaq: Inuit Art and the Modern World 2010 Ken Mantel and Heather Lane


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Ohito Ashoona and Pootoogook Jaw Sept - Oct 2012 Albers Gallery
Small Treasures Jan - Feb 2011 Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Small Sculptures by Great Artists December 2010 Feheley Fine Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada

Edit History

November 21, 2017 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
January 1, 1900 Created by: Chelsea Bourget