Inuit art: Walrus
Inuit Artist: Louie Uttaq
Size: 13" long, 5" high, 6" deep
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU
Material: Stone medium & Caribou bone
In this intriguing and ambitious work, Uttaq brilliantly fuses texture and form. He proves that texture is not only decoration or a “realistic detail”. Instead, texture when applied wisely, becomes an integral structural element of the form.
The smooth strong texture of the walrus’ hide is magical. Somehow it is able to unmask and show case the barely perceptible underlying musculature. A walrus is a large bulky animal with considerable girth but Suqslaq’s Walrus is fluid and playful. Its tusks are exquisite. The allure of this masterpiece is its realism. This is a sculpture of a real walrus in its natural environment.
I truly admire carvings from distant Northern communities like Gjoa Haven. These carvings are unique and original, not at all like other Inuit carvings. These artists strive to carve in a traditional manner depicting the real animal in its natural setting.
Walrus is clearly unique and carved in a traditional Inuit fashion.
Its beauty is exemplary. I did not hesitate a moment in acquiring this piece for my clients.
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Louie Uttaq, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut
Louie Uttaq (b.1996) is an Inuit artist from Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven) NU whose practice consists primarily of sculpture. Uttaq comes from a family of artists. He and his father Leo Uttaq and Leo’s brother, carver Simon Uttaq, learned to carve from their father.
Louie creates a variety of carvings but specializes in the mammals and animals of the arctic region. His carvings of hunters and Polar bears are very distinct and treasured by collectors globally.
In 2018 the Fram Museum of Oslo, Norway purchased twenty-two of Louie’s carvings. Cruise passengers from many par t s of the USA, Europe and the United Kingdom have acquired many of his carvings and he continues to produce many creative pieces.