Inuit art: Inuk with Walkman Player
Inuk with Walkman Player is one of the most forward-looking and progressive style of Inuit carvings of the 21st century. Pits Qimirpik introduced this genre of carving in 2010 with “Teen With MP3”. He has been heavily influenced by his reality of living in the now “modern” Canadian Far North.Canada’s TD bank (Toronto Dominion) proudly acquired the piece in 2010. It remains in their permanent collection as a testament to Qimirpik’s willingness to risk and be innovative. Pits has changed the Inuit art scene forever and he is recognized globally as a trailblazer. Walkman Player, is another spearhead carving in this genre.
Inuit Artist: Pitseolak Qimirpik
Size: 7.5" tall, 5" wide, 2" deep, 3 lbs.
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: Serpentinite, Sinew & Mixed media
Note** This is one of the galleries most prized pieces. It is so different from any other piece of Inuit art I have ever seen.
Since then, the hype the buzz and the allure of the "Inuk & MP3" theme has rendered this and similar pieces by Qimirpik as truly iconic masterpieces. This carving is of no exception.
Walkman Player is a true Masterpiece of Inuit art. I could not stop thinking about it after I saw it as the featured piece at Dorset Fine Arts (DFA).
When Jamesie Pitseolak’s famous motorcycle graced the front cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly’s Spring 2017 edition, collectors immediately fell in love. Pitseolak had pushed the boundaries of Inuit art. His utilitarian industrial concept of the motorcycle jolted 21st century Inuit carving into a Andy Warhol type dimension. This had never been seen before.
Jamesie Pitseolak has unknowingly pioneered a new and modern generation of Inuit carvers by crafting subject matters that are everyday essentials for the Inuit. Although life in the North is still at times very traditional, in many ways, the Inuit have adapted to modern Western society and young artists like Pitseolak are manifesting this modern influence in their carvings.
Such is the work of Pitseolak Qimirpik in his depiction of an Inuk listening to his Walkman. Did you know that Rap and Hip Hop are mainstream music for today’s Inuit youth? Qimirpik’s quest in this piece, is to portray the influence of Western society on the modern Inuit.
The carving is stoic and opulent. The dark stone is uplifted by the terse lines and flawless symmetry of the sculpture. This Masterpiece howls with bountiful audacity and sashay. The facial features are permanently etched with joy reflecting the soul of this music lover.
The brilliance of the subject matter is indeed utilitarian verging on the abstract of modernism.
This Masterpiece is so different and so incredibly unique!!! Few collectors will ever own such a venerable and worthy spirit of the North.
This carving is new and in perfect condition. It comes with the Igloo tag of authenticity and is signed on the bottom.