Inuit art: Mother Beluga Whale with Her Baby
Inuit Artist: Jimmy Iqaluq
Size: 10" long, 6" high, 3" wide
The poignancy of this special mother and child carving is partly explained by its rawness. This rawness represents the great emotive sculptures of the Inuit carvers of the isolated community of Sanikiluaq.
Sanikiluaq is a small enclave in Hudson Bay where whale hunting is necessary for the survival of its isolated people.
This Beluga whale pair demonstrate the pure joy of childlike play while the mother protects her charge from harm.
The young calf is in a dominant position over his mother as he swims above her, his small but strong tail propelling him forward. Her head is tilted toward him as she keeps watch over her child, constantly on guard against impending danger.
Jimmy explores the maternal bond as it exists in an unforgiving environment. The light moss green colour of the mother collides with the chocolate colour of the calf. Jimmy has carved her face (with her Beluga “beak”) with meticulous and loving detail. Her face is cherubic and pensive. She symbolizes motherly love. The concern for the welfare of her child is pervasive.
Jimmy Iqaluq is always reinventing himself. He pushes the envelope, looking forward and evolving in his art form. His followers are many. They are always amazed by Jimmy’s talented and innovative renderings. In this carving, he has chosen a piece of argilite stone in a very rare light green, almost white colour. Beautiful!
I was thrilled to be offered this superb depiction of the Beluga by Jimmy Iqaluq. I know my clients will recognize this beautiful carving as a masterpiece.
Jimmy always tries to find unusual rocks to carve his sculptures.
This time he found a piece of argillite with extremely rare very light green (almost white) colour. Beautiful!
Jimmy Iqaluq (1947 - )
"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