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Sculpture from the Keewatin

October 27 - November 12, 2001

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Arviat ("a place of the bowhead whales" - formerly ESKIMO POINT - pop. 1559) is a small settlement which lies on the western shores of Hudson Bay, some two hundred miles north of Churchill. The carving here is unlike any other in the Canadian Arctic. Although the scale of the work is consistently small, it carries a sense of authority and antiquity whick makes it unique. Probably its most distinct characteristic is that it is by far the most primitive carving in the north. The local stone is not exotic and gemlike, but instead is a coarse rough steatite, which lends itself well to the style of the Arviat artists. There is a timelessness about the carving here, so that anyone unfamiliar with Inuit sculpture would probably find it impossible to identify the period or place of origin of a piece from Arviat.

The best examples of carving from this community are marvellously direct, simple statements, showing the innate understanding of essential masses, the gift of restraint, and the ability to translate into stone the clear, uncluttered perceptions of the artists.

LORDS OF THE STONE - An Anthology of Eskimo Sculpture, Alistair Macduff and George M. Galpin


1. Inuit Woman (c.1972)
Andy Aulatjut
Arviat
Basalt
7 x 5 x 3.5"
sold

M10866


2. Animal (c. 1975)
Andy Miki
Arviat
Basalt
8 x 6 x 2"
sold

M10806


3. Marmot (c. 1978)
Andy Miki
Arviat
Basalt
9 x 3.5 x 2"
sold

M10807


4. Animal
Andy Miki
Arviat
Basalt
4 x 4 x 2.5"
sold

M10808


5. Two Animal (c. 1975)
Andy Miki
Arviat
Basalt
4 x 3.5 x 3"
sold

M10809


6. Animal
Andy Miki
Arviat
Basalt
4.5 x 2.5 x 1.5"
sold

M10810


7. Bird
Anita Iblauk
Arviat
Basalt
3 x 1.5 x 2.25"
sold

M10834


8. Faces Composition (c. 1975)
Attrib. Anoaktaak
Arviat
Basalt
7.5 x 10.5 x 6"
sold

M10883


9. Standing Man with Pack
David Issumatarjuak
Arviat
Basalt
9 x 2.5 x 4"
sold

M10839


10. Muskox
Elizabeth Nutaraluk Aulatjut
Arviat
Basalt
3 x 8.5 x 2"
sold

M10857


11. Portrait of a Woman
Elizabeth Nutaraluk Aulatjut
Arviat
Basalt
9.75 x 3 x 3.5"

M10864


12. Woman with Children
Elizabeth Nutaraluk Aulatjut
Arviat
Basalt
6 x 7 x 4"
sold

M10868


13. Sitting Mother with Child (c. 1988)
Elizabeth Nutaraluk Aulatjut
Arviat
Basalt
5 x 7 x 2.5"
sold

M10869


14. Standing Mother and Child
Elizabeth Nutaraluk Aulatjut
Arviat
Basalt
12 x 5 x 3.5"
sold

M10872


15. Mother and Children (c. 1988)
Elizabeth Nutaraluk Aulatjut
Arviat
Basalt
10 x 8.5 x 7"
sold

M10886


16. Mother and Children (c. 1992)
Elizabeth Nutaraluk Aulatjut
Arviat
Basalt
13 x 14 x 9"
sold

M10887


17. Face (c. 1993)
Elizabeth Nutaraluk Aulatjut
Arviat
Basalt
10.5 x 2.5 x 5.5"
sold

N00101


18. Dancing Man (c. 1988)
George Arluk (Arlook)
Arviat
Basalt
8 x 5 x 2"
sold

M10840


19. Transformation (c. 1988)
George Arluk (Arlook)
Arviat
Basalt
3.5 x 4 x 2.5"
sold

M10841


20. Dancing Woman
George Arluk (Arlook)
Arviat
Basalt
10 x 5 x 3.5"
sold

N10412


21. Drum Dancer
George Arluk (Arlook)
Arviat
Basalt
9 x 9 x 3"
sold

N10415


22. Walrus
Henry Islaunik
Arviat
Basalt
4 x 5.5 x 4"
sold

N10127


23. Sitting Caribou
Henry Islaunik
Arviat
Basalt
7 x 9 x 3"
sold

T10105


24. Woman in Parka (early 70's)
John Pangnark
Arviat
Basalt
4 x 3 x 1"
sold

M10801


25. Sitting Woman (early 70's)
John Pangnark
Arviat
Basalt
2.25 x 3.25 x 0.75"
sold

M10802


26. Woman in Parka
John Pangnark
Arviat
Basalt
6.25 x 3.25 x 1.5"
sold

M10803


27. Bird
John Pangnark
Arviat
Basalt
4.25 x 3 x 3"
sold

M10804


28. Figure (Face in Amouti)
John Pangnark
Arviat
Basalt
3.5 x 5.75 x 2.5"
sold

M10918


29. Woman
John Pangnark
Arviat
Basalt
5.3 x 6.25 x 1.75"
sold

M10919


30. Woman
John Pangnark
Arviat
Basalt
5.25 x 3.25 x 3.5"
sold

M10920


31. Kneeling Woman
John Pangnark
Arviat
Basalt
5.5 x 5.5 x 4"
sold

M10921


32. Happy Woman
John Pangnark
Arviat
Basalt
8.5 x 5.5 x 8"
sold

M10922


33. Family with Kudlik
Joy Kiluvigyuak Hallauk
Arviat
Basalt
17 x 12 x 7"
sold

L90101


34. Composition of Faces
Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok
Arviat
Basalt
10 x 5.5 x 4.5"
sold

M10867


35. Composition
Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok
Arviat
Basalt
8.5 x 9 x 3"

L01203


36. Composition
Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok
Arviat
Basalt
16 x 6 x 12"

L01202


37. Composition
Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok
Arviat
Basalt
20 x 12 x 4"
sold

L01201


38. Inuit Couple (c. 1992)
Luke Anowtalik
Arviat
Basalt
7 x 6 x 4.5"
sold

M10865


39. Mother and Child
Marc Alikaswa
Arviat
Basalt
12.5 x 8 x 8"

L01234


40. Squatting Woman
Margaret Uyauperq Aniksak
Arviat
Basalt
3 x 2.5 x 2"
sold

M10854


41. Family in the Igloo (c. 1992)
Mary Akjar Anowtalik
Arviat
Basalt
9 x 5.5 x 3.5"
sold

M10838


42. Woman (c. 1969)
Mary Akjar Anowtalik
Arviat
Basalt
4.5 x 3.5 x 3.5"
sold

M10845


43. Mother and Children (c. 1992)
Mary Akjar Anowtalik
Arviat
Basalt
13 x 13 x 6"

L90103


44. Two Birds (c. 1988)
Mary Kahootsuak Miki
Arviat
Basalt
5 x 5 x 2"
sold

M10805


45. Mother and Children
Effie Arnalvaq
Arviat
Basalt
4 x 5.5 x 2.5"
sold

M10843

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