Museum Quality Sculpture!
U.S. buyers cannot purchase this piece due to whale bone restrictions via customs.
Some of the greatest works of Inuit sculpture defy analysis. And sometimes the adjectives actually seem to contradict one another. How can a sculpture have a commanding presence and yet also be genuinely winsome? How can a work be quirkily naive and yet highly refined? This masterpiece has all of these qualities and a more besides.
In this intriguingly ambiguous work, Billy brilliantly fuses surface texture and form into this piece. He proves that texture does not need to be applied simply as decoration or as a "realistic detail". When applied wisely it can become an integral element of the form in itself. The result is an almost heraldic composition.
In all my years as an Inuit art dealer, there are a few pieces that have come into the gallery that actually left me speechless. This is one of them. It is a piece that is in a category all on its own.