Kinngait (Cape Dorset)
Iyola Kingwatsiak, was one of the original nucleus of great Cape Dorset carvers. He is both a renowned carver and print artist. We remember the old days of seeing his wonderful flowing bird forms in serpentine and sometimes white marble regularly in the gallery. This Dancing Hawk captures the essence of his sculptural imagery and is a rare treat for us to have this wonderful sculpture exhibited in the gallery and an honour to feature him in our monthly spotlight.
Iyola came from an artistic family, his wife Pootoogook (1936-d) was a graphic artist, his sisters Tye Adla (1936-1990), Keeleemeeoomee Samualie (1919-1983), and Anna Kingwatsiak (1911-1971) were all graphic artists as well as his brother Mikigak Kingwatsiak (1943-2002), who was also a carver and graphic artist.
Iyola has been carving since the early 1960s and exhibiting his sculpture internationally since 1967. He has contributed consistently to the annual Cape Dorset Print Collections since its inception in 1959 through till the mid-1990s. His sculpture and graphics are well documented in many publications, as well as included in numerous public institutions and museums, including Amon Carter Museum of Western Art in Fort Worth, Texas, and Museum of Modern Art in New York. His 1964 print "Geese Leaving" was presented as a gift to Queen Elizabeth in 1969. He also served as elected president of the West Baffin Co-operative from 1971-73.