Monday, January 23, 2012

Inuit Master Carver Paul Malliki in TO

I had the pleasure of taking renowned artist and sculpture Paul Malliki on a whirl wind tour of downtown #Toronto as he heads from Repulse Bay, Nunavut to Switzerland for a gallery tour and Inuit carving demonstration. He had left the cold -62 degrees Celsius temperatures of the north to the balmy weekend that we are having in the GTA and loved seeing the CN Tower and having a hot dog at Yonge-Dundas Square outside the Eaton Centre. Paul is on the shores of Lake Ontario in front of Toronto's skyline.
At the CN Tower at night
Paul, Goretti and Ann Hamilton
Paul likes to work in stone and is famous for animal carvings, especially the Polar Bear. He started carving at 5 years old and you can see some of his carvings here.

You can check out carvings at the Museum of Inuit Art in Queens Quay Terminal Building at Front and York Streets. Here are some of the carvings by other artists in the Museum, they have had Paul's carvings before but nothing at this time.
See more carvings after the jump.

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