Kakee was born in Iqaluit but moved to Cape Dorset in 1993. He began carving at the age of 16 and although he is self-taught, he also learned by watching other carvers. His father, Ningeosiak Peter, and his mother, Parnee Peter are both sculptors in Cape Dorset. Kakee’s grandfather, the late Jamasie Teevee was a well-known graphic artists. Since 1959, The West Baffin Eskimo Co-op has had a leading role in the development and success of Cape Dorset’s sculptors. Cape Dorset carvings are recognized for their highly naturalistic forms and dramatic compositions carved from the famous ‘green stone’. Ranging in colour from light yellow to black, the local serpentine stone used for carving has qualities that allow the artist to carve fluid outlines, daring and delicate lines and smooth, elegant finishes. It is the wealth of talent and imagination that has earned Cape Dorset a reputation as a vibrant art centre.
If there is a certain artist from the Dorset Community you are looking for, please contact the gallery. We have many other works available that are not currently on view on our website.