Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
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Inuk Carving a Sculpture (c.1963-66)

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  • Medium: steatite
  • Size: 3.25 × 2.75 × 2 inches
  • Reference Code: LS80231

Bobby Quppaapik Tarkirk

Inuit

Salluit, Quebec, Canada

(1934-2000)

Bobby Tarkirk grew up in the area of Ivujivik, eighty miles from Salluit. Descriptions of him never fail to mention his unusual size: Tarkirk was always the tallest Inuk in his community, and his large hands seemed incongruous with the detailed miniatures which he carved. He married Toonoo, a widow from Sugluk, with whom he raised two sons and two daughters. Bobby moved to Salluit in 1958, and soon after started carving.