14" Caribou by Bobby Anavilok

Bobby Anavilok

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Inuit art: Caribou
Inuit Artist: Bobby Anavilok
Size: 13.5" across, 10" high, 4" wide
Community: Kugluktuk, NU
Stone: Dolomite
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Bobby inundates us with a highly realistic caribou. Its posture, poise, and movement are all life like.

One of our favorite pieces received this year in the gallery, this piece has finally taken over our number one slide on the cover page. A position proudly held for 8 years by Esau Kripanik.

Caribous are our personal favorite compositions. They are so delicate and hard to carve for the artists. To get an exact match like Bobby takes a lifetime to master. The grace and beauty of a caribou endears it as a calming and sophisticated subject to own.

This is a rendition of a real life caribou. In order to achieve the true grace and timid stance of this gorgeous mammal, Bobby had to painstakingly carve out each leg. This takes tremendous focus and patience for an artist to do. Caribous are by far the hardest subject for an artist to carve. This is why they are not frequently seen.

The tenuous realism and visages of Arctic mammal have rendered Anavilok's craft as a distinctive, yet prominent mainstay for galleries alike. His fastidious proportions, and exquisite beauty, have endeared Anavilok's depiction of Northern wildlife to be celebrated among the avant-garde circles of Inuit art. 

The movement, the stone, the finish, the carved fur and everything else about this piece all encapsulate it as a masterpiece period.

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