Inuit art: Fishing Boat
Inuit Artist: John Marie Ivalutinar
Size: 7" long, 6" high, 4" wide (not including the ors)
Community: Repulse Bay, NU
Stone: Limestone and Caribou bone
In purely formal terms, this piece is an inspired assemblage of whalebone and ivory, transcending to a timeless state of mind.
When I saw this piece, I was immediately drawn to it. Completely captivated and mesmerized quite possibly from the spirit inside.
If I was to describe this piece in one word it would be "timeless". It was made in 2008 no doubt but you would never know by looking at it. Is this a first generation or a modern avant-garde? That is to the beholder to decide. This piece will hold its disposition for eternity. It is, in fact, timeless.
The foliage of the flag made from seal skin looking over the beautiful intricacies of the fishermen is captivating.
The assemblage of fishermen extenuate the highlights of the beautiful dark boat. This piece will no doubt garnish the chronicles of inuit art magazines and auction house covers in years to come.
The proportions, lines and finish of the stone are done to perfection.