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Kanaju, Pauloosie (1937- )
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- Paulosie; Pauloosi; Paulusi; Kenourak; Kan; Kanayook; Quanirq;
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Pauloosie Kanaju was born on April 28, 1937 in Puvirnituq. He is married to Elizabeth Najumi, and they have three sons. Pauloosie's brother Allie Kanyek is also a Puvirnituq carver.
In addition to hunting , fishing, and carving, Pauloosie operates is own poolroom. As with many Inuit artists, it is his experience on the land that provide the inspiration for much of his carving. One of the dominant themes in his art is that of the hunter - usually caught just at the moment of making the kill. Pauloosie's sculpture is characterized by the inclusion of the meticulously carved items such as harpoons, knives, rifles, tie-ropes and the like, which are usually made form ivory or bone, and attached to the stone figures with pieces of sinew. He prefers to carve out the rippling folds of the parkas and other garment details rather than to rely on incising the details onto the stone.
In the fall of 1968, Pauloosie was awarded a commission by the Ontario Government to produce a massive outdoor sculpture for the new buildings complex. Today, this unpolished black marble carving of a hunter skinning a seal stands in front of the provincial building at Queen's Park in Toronto.
In 1975, Pauloosie demonstrated his carving abilities as one of three delegates to represent Purvirnituq in the ice sculpture competition hosted by Quebec Winter Carnival Association.
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