Elias Semigak is a young Inuit carver, born in Nain, Labrador. His sculptures whether small or large are often many-sided and combine multiple animal and human forms, sometimes cradled in a hand. He enjoys experimenting with a variety of stones from soapstones to marble to the very hard anorthosite (granite-labradorite) from his northern coastal home.
His work commonly combines multiple figures posed in experimental ways, and includes different types of stone. Semigak enjoys the harmonious (and sometimes not harmonious) effect that has. Bears feature prominently in his carvings as a result of his fondness for them.
Since 2004, he has been involved with 10 exhibitions, including Labrador on Waterford at Herb Brown’s Birches Gallery and four exhibitions hosted by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. His work has been purchased for private collections and the provincial art gallery since 1998, and in 2008 he won the Juror’s Choice Award of Excellence presented by Devon House.
Semigak’s artistic vision is deeply rooted in the uniqueness of the natural, cultural, and spiritual world of his ancestors, while also embracing and exploring the contemporary cross-culture world of his own generation.