Inuit art: Beluga Whale
Inuit Artist: Louie Uttaq
Size: 9.5" long, 6" high, 6" deep
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU
Material: Stone medium & Caribou bone
This is a beautiful rendition of a swimming Beluga Whale by Louis Uttaq. Powerful creatures of the Arctic sea, this piece is elevated on an antler allowing the viewer to observe his power and might as it speeds through the water like lightening.
This perspective is rare since we usually see a seal solidly planted on the ground.
The details are exquisite; large round eyes, beautifully carved
flippers and tail and the dark mossy green stone is cool and so sleek.
This would be an extraordinary gift for a wedding, especially to someone who is new to Inuit art because this sculpture has such universal appeal.
PROUDLY CANADIAN SINCE 2008
Louie Uttaq, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut
Louie Uttaq (b.1996) is an Inuit artist from Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven) NU whose practice consists primarily of sculpture. Uttaq comes from a family of artists. He and his father Leo Uttaq and Leo’s brother, carver Simon Uttaq, learned to carve from their father.
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 globally.
In 2018 the From Museum of Oslo, Norway purchased twenty-two of Louie’s carvings. Cruise passengers from many par t s of the USA, Europe and the United Kingdom have acquired many of his carvings and he continues to produce many creative pieces.