Inuit art: Seal with Fish Transformation Spirit
Inuit Artist: Clayton Keknek
Size: 7" high, 4.5" wide, 2" deep
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU
Stone: Stone medium
Kekneck’s intriguingly quirky fish transformation piece is composed of an array of beautiful coppers and greys. The inlaid eyes reflect drama and mystery. The creature carries the second head like a shield, using it to intimidate evil spirits and hungry animals alike.
Kekneck often carves deep repeating lines into his carvings which creates ridges that give the piece a three-dimensional look. To see this effect, look at the back of this piece.
The more I look at this piece the more I realize its complexity.
Kekneck is a gifted artist. His pieces must find their way into your Inuit art collection. They will bring joy to you and fascinate your guests.
Clayton Kekneck, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut (b 1993).
Clayton Kekneck follows in the footsteps of famed international carver Judas Ulluluq (also from Gjoa Haven). Kekneck’s creative soapstone carvings challenge the imagination of his admirers.
Beautifully carved, his pieces define the iconic Gjoa Haven-style known for its playful characters fashioned from dark soapstone. Clayton Kekneck’s work is collected by enthusiasts from across Canada and by international cruise ship passengers visiting the community.
Kekneck’s creative pieces are significant pieces of Gjoa Haven’s artisan history.
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