Inuit Art Blog
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Many of our clients have pieces they Love, and then experience that unfortunate mishap where the carving falls off a table and breaks. Life happens, we understand that, and this is why I am writing this article. We are here to rectify your situation and make your carving look as good as new again.
It has taken nearly 2 years of the highest quality custom renovations, but our new physical brick and mortar Gallery is finally complete.
I took my inspiration for the Gallery from my favourite movie - "Vertigo" directed by Alfred Hitchcock. In the movie, Scottie's (Cary Grant) friend Midge owns a trendy and beautiful studio nook located in the heart of the Bohemian district of San Francisco.
Like that nook, I wanted the Gallery to be warm and inviting but have that level of sophistication that these Masterpieces deserve.
It was important for me to create a Gallery where clients can see the most beautiful Inuit sculptures in Canada but also relax, share a drink and socialize.
I hope that this gallery will be the first of many more.
I am a fanatic when it comes to beauty and good design which is why I am also passionate about beautiful and innovative Inuit sculptures.
I love people, and culture and engaging in discussion which is why Inuitsculptures.com is the most successful Inuit art gallery in the world.
I invite all of you, my past clients, my new clients, my old friends and my future friends to drop by the Gallery in beautiful Hudson, Quebec (487A Main Street).
Have an expresso with me or a glass of wine.
Get comfortable. My Eames chairs are here waiting for you.
"We promise to send you only good things".
CEO | Curator
Game Changing Artist Pits Qimirpik (1986) born Iqaluit, NU
The year is 2010.
Twenty four year old Pits Qimirpik is about to make his permanent mark on Inuit art. His new carving will transform Inuit carving forever.
Recognizing the cultural significance of Qimirpik's sculpture, the TD Bank immediately acquires the carving for their Indigenous Art Collection.
Can you identify this Pits carving?
At such a young age, Qimirpik had the foresight and the wisdom to recognize that it was time...time for the world to see the real True North through an artist's eyes.
Inuit art wasn't only dancing bears, shamans and seals on ice floes.
Qimirpik felt strongly that Inuit art should depict "modern" Inuit youth. These Inuit kids play basketball and listen to rap music and wear hoodies with logos.
So Pits gave the art world his carving of a young Inuk man happily listening to his music on his MP3 player, complete with headphones.
TD Bank realized that Pits belonged to a new generation of carvers, These artists would mark the beginning of a new vanguard of artists. Artists who would connect the people of the Canadian Far North to the outside world.
In reality, the "modern" world has been insinuating itself into the Far North for decades. Skidoos replaced the less efficient dog sleds in the 1960s. Very few Inuit today ever lived in an igloo.
But Pits is credited with carving the first sculpture that shows the modern influence of the South on the Inuit in the form of electronic technology. Since then, he has carved more Inuks with MP3 players and Inuit youth playing basketball.
Pits is not just a "game changer". Qimirpik sculptures are consistently happy go lucky and effervescent. They often have a cartoonish visage like this quirky dancing squirrel or the black fox with the yellow paws.
These pieces remind me that life shouldn't always be taken so seriously but I also appreciate Pits' art because it often catches me off guard and gives me pause to re evaluate my expectations of a piece.
Who would have thought that two large and ungainly walruses could be agile and graceful as they dance together?
Pits Qimirpik, that's who!
Ashevak Adla (b 1977) Cape Dorset (or Kinngait "the place of hills")
Cape Dorset has become synonymous with excellence in Canadian art, especially for its graphics and sculptures.
Adla, like many sculptors, was born into an artistic family. His grandfather Audla Pee and his cousin Tim Pee are highly respected bear carvers. BUT teenage Ashevak was given the gift of observing the carving skills of Master Carver Nuna Parr who is the most respected bear carver in the world! Adla has mastered many subjects but he focuses on bears. The Cape Dorset aesthetic of "realism" is pervasive in Adla's work. I believe that Ashevak's bears are second only to Nuna Parr's in mastery and popularity.
I challenge you to find a bear as muscled, as burly, as voluptuous as Adla's bears. As I admire these sculptures I ask myself: how do you carve a slow and lumbering gait? How do you carve nobility and magnificence? This ability takes more than talent. This is a man and an artist who respects and loves every facet of a bear's life.
It is essential for these pieces of art to be large. The large physical size has to match the bear's heroic demeanour. And when you see one of Adla's large dancing bears poised on one foot, steady and stable, you feel humble and amazed. You know you are witnessing genius.
Hailing from the isolated hamlet of Gjoa Haven, Joseph Suqsluq is known to be one of the pioneering forces in Inuit art from this region .
One of the most isolated communities in all of Canada, the style of carving is often interpreted as a "closer to nature" style. The unforgiving limestone used to create these raw-like masterpieces is perfected only by a few prominent artists in this region. Uriash, Puqinak and Joseph Suqsluq are the three who put Gjoa Haven on the map as being the prominent force in Inuit art today.
Suqsluq often connects the upper and lower teeth of his bears which intensifies their ferocity. This polar bear uses his sneering lips, bared fangs and transfixing eyes to intimidate his prey.
Joseph has the rare ability to carve movement into his carvings. Gjoa Haven artists honour the natural spirit of their animal subjects and are unique in their depiction of life.
Every collection should have at least one polar bear carving. Inuit art enthusiasts cherish their “special” polar bear.
Joseph Sugslak, 58, carver and carpenter
“In the 70s, the co-op offered a carving workshop, I took a few courses and never stopped since. It’s been my full-time job for 30 years now. I work here every day and it really gets cold in winter so I work inside. I have six children and one of them is really into carving as well.”
“I use limestone and sandstone, even granite but it’s really complicated as it wears tools a lot. Soapstone dust makes me cry and sticks all over me. It dries my eyes a lot.
“I get inspired by what’s around me. I used to be a hunter like everyone around me so I know men. I know animals.”
Joseph is approaching very close to retirement. Some of his last works are still available in our gallery. Click here to see our collection of his beautiful works.
Merry Christmas 2020.
Christmas is my favourite time of the year.
For me, Christmas is about the birth of Christ, tradition, time with family and friends, gift giving, sparkling lights and reminiscing about the year gone by.
To say 2020 has been tumultuous, is, as they say, an understatement.
But it is at this time of year, that I feel most grateful to you, my loyal customers.
Over the years, there are some of you who have become friends.
Others call to chat and connect to the world of Inuit art.
And then, there are those people who see a carving on my website, purchase it and move on.
Believe me. You are all important to me.
Every day I understand and appreciate that without you, Inuitsculptures.com would not exist.
I am especially humbled and proud that even in these chaotic times, there are many of you who still see art as an important part of your life.
In 2018, I made the decision to open a brick and mortar Studio to compliment my online gallery.
The Studio has been open now for over a year and again, because of you, it has been a success.
In Spring 2020, after the lockdown began, it was almost impossible for me to purchase new carvings. I was graced with a small collection of sculptures that had been carved during the early months of the Pandemic.
We created the Covid Collection and offered our clients a special provenance documenting the unique world situation in which these pieces were formed.
The response of my clients was positive. Thank you for recognizing the importance of this Collection to the history of Inuit art and also to each artist who needed financial support.
I have also started collecting very large Inuit carvings (some of them weigh over 500 lbs) for my clients. These pieces have a spirit and personality as large as their mass.
My mission has always been to find the best Inuit art available for my clients.
Many of us who love Inuit art recognize that when it comes to the art world, it is still undervalued and does not receive the recognition it deserves.
On a positive note, I see that this attitude is slowly changing.
As the curator of Inuitsculptures.com, I have the best job in the world.
I take my inspiration from the artists themselves.
I greatly admire the innovative spirit and the determination of the artists who provide us with this uniquely Canadian art.
I too strive to be innovative in my mission to bring the best of Inuit art to my clients, so they can be proud of their collections and be ambassadors for the Inuit.
2020 has been an uncharted journey for all of us.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
I hope you are able to connect to those you love.
I appreciate you.
Curator and Owner
The world is fighting a pandemic caused by the virus Covid 19.
For the duration of the pandemic, I am identifying the Inuit artists who are still carving during these unsettled times in a Collection called the “Covid Collection”.
You can read my explanation for this designation in the subheading “Covid Collection” located below my logo on the home page.
As I was unpacked my first admissions to this collection (seven unabashedly charming sculptures from Toonoo Sharkey) I found myself experiencing the emotions I often have when I meet a carving for the first time. They run the gamut from excitement, to delight and finally often a euphoric sense of contentment.
Even during grim times, art is a precious commodity.
This quote from Thomas Merton (a 20th century American Trappist monk and poet) sums it up for me.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”.
President and Curator,
Our studio is now accepting layaway plans.
Plans include: 30, 60, 90, 120, & 180 day payment terms with a 20% down payment.
We want our clients to have the chance to own our uniquely Canadian and exquisite Inuit carvings. It can be daunting to pay thousands of dollars in one payment for a piece you truly admire. With a layaway plan, this burden is lifted.
Our gallery is pleased to provide our layaway plan for our discerning customers. This service is free. We do not charge a service fee or interest.
With layaway, you make payments over time, but your purchase stays in the gallery until you finish the payment plan.
1. Carvings must be over $2000.00 to qualify
2. The down payment is 20% of the price (not including HST).
3. Payments can be made at 30, 60, 90, 120 and 180 days.
4. Interest free payments.
5. All prices are in Canadian dollars.
1. Once full payment is received, carvings will be shipped to you. Our gallery will add a $45 fee on your final payment to cover the cost of shipping.
If you cannot complete the payment plan...
1. Seldom is a client unable to fulfill the layaway plan but if this happens BOTH the deposit and all received payments are FORFEITED. (This is because the artist is given full payment for the carving once your payments begin). NO refunds will be given.
2. We do not give store credits on defaulted layaway payments. (Ie. if you default on your layaway all the received money is not refundable. We do not give store credits.
3. Credit exchanges are not permitted. ( ie. you cannot exchange the carving you have on layaway for a different carving).
We will work with the customer (within reason) to try to avoid loss of the money paid on the incomplete layaway plan. Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis but again NO refunds will be given if the layaway plan is not completed.
If you see a carving you would like to purchase on layaway, email us at email@example.com or call the studio at 1 800 457 8110.
We will invoice you for the deposit and first payment and place your beautiful piece on Reserve.
When you have completed the payments of the layaway plan, you will be the proud owner of a Masterpiece Inuit carving.
We look forward to hearing from you.
P.S. (Ever notice that many of our pieces say "Reserved"? This is why).
Why do layaway plans?
Answer: When building a collection (including our own), there are three rules I make sure to follow.
1) Buy what you Love. When you see something that "makes your heart skip a beat", then do not hesitate. Don't let those fears get in the way of you taking ownership of something you truly Love. Life is simply too short for that. Instead, be bold, buy it! You will be happy you did so. Don't overthink things. It's important to get the piece that "speaks" to you. There is a spirit inside each and every carving and they will call you if it is meant to be. If there is a piece that caught your attention and you can't stop thinking about it, than that is the one. Just go with your gut.
2) Buy the best piece you can afford. Masterpiece carvings that are more expensive are always a better investment. In a short time, they will appreciate tremendously in value. Masterpiece carvings circa 1980 that were priced at $200 - $1,000 are now selling for over $5,000 - $20,000 in auctions! This is in no way an exaggeration!
If you look at it from an accounting perspective, by purchasing a higher end carving, you are actually getting it for free! I know that sounds absurd, but it is actually true! This is because your masterpiece carving will never depreciate. Instead it will appreciate. Its value will greatly increase over time, well beyond the inflation rate. By definition, this is what you would call an 'Asset'.
A strong comparable would be in the watch industry. When purchasing a timepiece, you have two choices. Your can either buy a disposable quartz watch for $100. It will tell the time and do what you need it to do in handsome fashion. However, the minute you walk out that store, your watch instantly becomes worth 10 bucks. It will last a few years before you have to buy a new one.
The second choice is to acquire a luxury Swiss made watch like a Rolex, Audemars Piguet, or Patek Phillippe. Sure, it will cost you $5,000- $20,000 up front, but unlike your cheap quartz, your beautiful timepiece will last forever, will dignify your status, look brilliant, tell time perfectly, feel good on your wrist, and most importantly, never depreciate.
Instead of it being a commodity (like the quartz), it is an asset. (generally speaking, luxury watches do not depreciate, they hold their value). What is great about this, is you get to enjoy a high end watch, and at the same time, add to the "left" side of your balance sheet.
The exact same thing applies to high end Inuit art - only it is much much more lucrative. This is because masterpiece carvings not only hold their value (like watches), but they actually appreciate over time.
When we started our gallery 11 years ago (2006), we sold many masterpiece carvings to our clients. Had we decided to hold onto them instead, we would have had actually made more money based on their appreciated values today, versus what we originally sold them for. (Sometimes nowadays, I wonder why we even sell masterpiece carvings).
In the end, we would have made a much higher profit just by hanging onto them, vs. selling them. This is the reality of Inuit Art and masterpiece carvings. It will be one of the best investments you will ever make.
3) Try to utilize layaway plans. This is exactly why we are now offering these plans. So you can have a chance to afford an exquisite masterpiece. It is often hard to pay thousands of dollars up front for a piece you really admire. Obviously with a payment plan, this burden is lifted and you hardly notice the payments.
Two years ago, we had a client who was a marine biologist for Environment Canada. She was responsible for inspecting the waters in Northern Canada. She had a great job, but like many, was on a fixed income.
During her northern travels, she was able to make a stop in Repulse Bay, NU. It was here that she met legendary master carver - Paul Maliki. Since then, it was always her dream to own one of his world famous bears. (Three years ago at the time, his bears sold for around $4,000-$5,000).
When she returned home, she found a beautiful Maliki bear on our website. It was unfortunately out of her price range. She contacted us and asked if we would allow her to make 6 payments. We accepted, and once her last payment was made, she was graced with a world class Inuit carving by one of Canada's top artists. It now serves her home in Quebec city as a centrepiece which she continues to cherish to this day.
(FYI - You cannot find a Paul Maliki bear like hers for under $7000 today. In a few years from now, his bears will be priced at $9,000 - $10,000).
Having a layaway plan will help you realize your dream of purchasing a masterpiece carving. It will allow you to acquire a masterpiece from a big name carver that normally, you would not be able to afford.
We do not charge interest, and their are no holding fees. Why? Like I said, carvings do not depreciate, so we do not mind holding onto them. Also, we freeze the currency exchange for you. No matter what the CAD, USD, EUR, CNY are doing, we will freeze that rate at the price you originally committed to us for.
Check out our masterpiece carvings here. Let us know what you think, and if you would like to have a tailored plan, we will be happy to realize your dreams in owning a masterpiece carving.