Kuzy Curley

Koomuatuk (Kuzy) Curley is an emerging sculptor, curator, director and filmmaker from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut who now residing in Ottawa (ON). Curley learned to carve, as a child, when he spent the summers with his grandparents, Qaaqa Ashoona and Mayoureak Ashoona, at their outpost camp. Coming from a family of artists, Curley is a third-generation carver and is one of the new millennium artists from Kinngait’s artistic community. Curley’s artistic practice embraces the Ashoona family’s creative legacy. In his work, Curley shows his culture: through the depiction of northern animals, Inuit legends and ways of living. The artist's technical skills are noticeable through the variety of materials he works with, from serpentine, jade, ivory, marble and whalebone. Curley produces works of various scales from some weighing well over 100 pounds to miniatures as small as a nickel. Curley has been exhibited across Canada and was part of the Inuit curatorial team for the exhibition Tunnirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto (ON).