Peter Atatsiaq is one of the most talented artists to emerge from Arviat. He learned how to carve at the age of 17. He remembers selling his first carving in 1988, but “he believes that he began carving seriously in 1990” (Barber 107). “Peter prefers to carve stone, but he also carves caribou antler and walrus tusk ivory” (Barber 107).
A self-taught carver, Peter learned by watching his father Tony Atatsiak, his Aunt Eva Talooki Aliktiluk and other carvers. (Barber 107) He admires the work of two of his contemporaries, artists Jacoposie Tiglik from Pangnirtung, and Billy Kuksuk from Arviat. Peter’s typical subjects are the human figure and traditional Inuit activities such as drum dancers and throat singers. Peter hopes to keep Inuit culture alive through his artwork.
Peter Atatsiak’s work can he found in the government of Nunavut permanent collection of Inuit art and in various North American galleries (Murphy).