Inuit art: Loon with Inlay Eyes
Inuit Artist: Jimmy Iqaluq
Size: 9" long, 4" high, 3.5" wide
This beautiful and poignant sculpture portrays a loon, a rare variety of breed no doubt. Iqaluq eloquently captures the loon's natural movements and flow through posture alone, conveyed by means of the sparest and subtlest of undulating sculptural forms.
The Belcher Islands, home to the community of Sanikiluaq, have very large resident and migratory bird populations, so it is no surprise that birds are the most popular subjects of local carvers. Small-scale and elegant, this loon is typical of the arts from the community.
The eyes are red (they are inserted, carved out of a different rock, Jimmy gets this red rock from a seashore).
Jimmy is famous for his loons as one sits in Ottawa's national art museum of fine arts. He is among the 5 elite Inuit artists in Canada and has exhibitions that have toured all over the world. His pieces are valued very highly.
Jimmy Iqaluq (1947 - present)
"An exhibition of art by Jimmy Iqaluq of Sanikiluaq", Indian and Inuit Art Gallery in the offices of the federal department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Hull, Ontario, Canada, 2005
"Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts from Dene and Inuit of Canada", Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 1995
"Belcher Island Sculpture", Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, Canada, 1980
"Belcher Island Sculpture", Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1981
"Sculpture from Belcher Islands", Images of the North, San Francisco, California, USA, 1981
"Belcher Island Community Sculpture", The Raven Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 1981
"Baffin Images", Orca Aart, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1989
"Kunstwerke der Inuit", Presented by CreARTion, Eppstein in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of Canadian Studies at the Hotel am Badersee, Grainau, Germany, 1993
"Share the Vision", Philadelphians Collect Inuit Art, Art Space Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 1994
"Miniaturen", Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany, 1998