Thomas Ugjuk was Inuit carver renown for carvings of the face and figure. Thomas Ugjuk was born in Whale Cover, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1921. His father was the well known artist John Kavik. Ugjuk was the youngest of fourteen children.
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The artist was a carver and graphic artist. On some sculptures the artist would render many faces, these are similar to a totem pole, with the overall shape being squarish.
Ujguk spent much of his life in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut Territory, Canada.
When his subject was animals the artist enjoyed portraying birds.
Ugjuk did a great job at breaking down birds into simple geometric shapes. His sculptures resemble what I think a sculpture by Charley Harper would look like. His squared shaped face works are a great contemporary take on the centuries old totem pole.