June 17th Exhibition - The world of dolomite
Anavilok's real-life renditions of arctic animals which include muskox, wolves, caribou and bears are some of the absolute finest in today's Inuit art circle. To achieve the true grace and timid stance of these gorgeous mammals, Bobby has to painstakingly carve out each leg, horn and face to match the quintessential grace of the muskox and caribou.. This takes tremendous focus and patience for an artist to do. Muskox and caribous are by far the hardest subject for an artist to carve. This is why they are not frequently seen.
Bobby is one of the very few carvers from the remote community Kugluktuk. It is in this community where this special stone in mined called Dolomite.
The tenuous realism and visages of Arctic mammal have rendered Anavilok's craft as a distinctive, yet prominent mainstay for galleries alike. His fastidious proportions, and exquisite beauty, have endeared Anavilok's depiction of Northern wildlife to be celebrated among the avant-garde circles of Inuit art.
The movement, the stone, the finish, the carved fur and everything else about this piece all encapsulate it as a masterpiece period.
Anavilok currently serves as an Ambassador to Nunavut. He is a leader in his community and articulates himself very well. He considers himself to be a perfectionist. This shows itself well in his artwork. In his past time, he enjoys watching hockey. He also fishes and hunts and enjoys going out on the land. The community of Kugluktuk is a small remote hamlet located in Nunavut.
His Muskox and caribou are extremely sought after. So much so that they rarely appear in the galleries as every piece he makes is already pre-sold.
In early Spring, 2017, the Governor General of Canada did a tour across Nunavut. He visited the small hamlet Kugluktuk where he was presented an honorary muskox made by Bobby Anavilok. He was so impressed with the piece, he insisted on meeting Bobby first hand.