Inuit art: Beluga Whale
Inuit Artist: Louie Uttaq
Size: 6.5" long, 1.5" wide, 2.5" high
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU
Material: Caribou Bone
Igloo Tag license number: #15 - Inuit Gifts
How Is an Inuit artist/carver able to consistently understand the vital spark of his subject’s soul?
This Beluga whale is an innanimate object and YET, Uttaq has the talent to anthropomorphize his subject and connect us to him through our emotion.
I see “Beluga” slowly swimming across the chilly sees of the Baffin strait. Alone but unfazed. His mission must be accomplished. He is above all else, “the creature of the sea who points the way”.
This sculpture’s stubborn resolve brings us peace. We feel secure in his presence.
This piece is signed on the bottom and comes with the Igloo Tag of Authenticity.
PROUDLY CANADIAN SINCE 2008
Louie Uttaq (b.1996) is an Inuit artist from Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven) NU who primarily sculpts. Uttaq comes from a family of artists. Louie, his father Leo and uncle Simon Uttaq learned to carve from his grandfather.
Louie creates a variety of carvings but specializes in the mammals and animals of the Arctic region. His carvings of hunters and Polar bears are very distinct and treasured by collectors around the world.
In 2018, the Fram Museum of Oslo, Norway purchased twenty-two of Louie’s carvings. Cruise passengers from the USA, Europe and the United Kingdom admire and collect his sculptures. He is a young innovator and his pieces are sought after.