In 2018, I came across an image of an exquisite small caribou no more than 3" tall. I was enchanted by this perfect small piece and was determined to meet the artist. When I met Derrald Taylor, I was taken with his commitment to his craft.
Derrald has carved some of the most ambitious carvings I have ever seen. His imagination and skill is unique and inspirational. There are several artists who excite my Curator spirit. Derrald Taylor is one of those artists. I rip open the boxes that contain his carvings because I know that I am about to encounter both genius and beauty.
His Orcas are the best in the industry! His sense of motion and dynamics are exceptional and a testament to his talent. His Orcas seem to be frozen in time at the peak of their breech or in a protective posture as in these two Mother and Calf sculptures.
The subject of a mother and child is a favourite amongst my clients. Taylor is able to release the emotion of a mother's protective love for her child from these carvings. Derrald's Orcas do not last long in the gallery.
Close behind the Orcas, is a favourite of mine, the narwhal. This piece is so perfect and so exquisite that someday it could easily be found in an Art Museum.
The colour of this marine mammal is a gorgeous glossy black that reflects light and outlines every detail of the narwhal. The curvature of the body is long and sleek but still muscular.
And finally, that magnificent tusk! Taylor has scalloped the edges of the tusk which is not typically seen in Inuit art but is a signature move of Derrald.
This narwhal is truly a Masterpiece!
And finally, Derrald's Caribou. This caribou has a spirit that is bold and regal. His antlers are fierce; they are meant to maim.
This majestic beast is striding with purpose. The deep pumpkin colour of the stone is surprising and mesmerizing.
Caribous are a difficult subject to carve because the lower legs are narrow and fragile and prone to breaking during the carving process. It is a testament to Taylor's skill and determination to take on the challenge of a caribou and also a caribou that is somewhat diminutive and much harder to carve.
I am a huge fan of Derrald Taylor.
Guaranteed, in a few short years, he will be one of Canada's top Master Carvers.