I see our ancestors moving in my mind and they are my real subject matter. I will only make what I know and recognize. That’s all that interests me. It must make sense as I wish to fool no-one. My works do not come from dreams. Dreams are partly nonsense, partly real. I consciously work on each image. I can’t really call it work, can I? Workers seem to live for paydays, making plans for the wages they’ll receive. I never know when I sell a piece or how much it will bring.
interview with John Houston, December 9, 1978, Pangnirtung, NWT
In May 1989, Davie Atchealak’s whalebone figure Drum Dancer sold at Waddington’s Inuit Art Auction in Toronto for $41,000.00, which established a record auction price for an Inuit carving [at the time].
Excerpt courtesy Inuit Art Section, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), 1997.
Spirit Wrestler Gallery
47 Water Street
Canada V6B 1A1
Toll Free: 1-888-669-8813
3 blocks from Waterfront Station
Between Abbott St. and Carrall St.
Monday to Saturday, open 10-6
Sunday and Holidays, open 12-5
© 2016 Spirit Wrestler Gallery. All Rights Reserved.