10" Two Headed Transformation Spirit by Clayton Kekneck

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Inuit art: Two Headed Transformation
Inuit Artist: Clayton Keknek
Size: 10" long, 6" high, 4" deep
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU
Stone: Stone medium
id: c-009


Kekneck’s intriguingly quirky two headed transformation piece is composed of an array of beautiful coppers and greys.  The inlayed eyes reflect drama and mystery. The creature carries the second head like a shield, using it to intimidate evil spirits and hungry animals alike.

Kekneck often carves deep repeating lines into his carvings which creates ridges that  give the piece a three dimensional look. To see this effect, look at the back of this piece. 

The more I look at this piece the more I realize its complexity.

From behind, the carving has the appearance of a toddler, feet spread apart (just like a child who is learning to walk)  carrying a sack! From the side, the creature becomes a small warrior brandishing his shield.

Kekneck is a gifted artist.  His pieces must find their way into your Inuit art collection.  They will bring joy to you and fascinate your guests.

                                    PROUDLY CANADIAN SINCE 2008

Clayton Kekneck 

Clayton Kekneck, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut (b 1993). 

Clayton Kekneck follows in the footsteps of famed international carver Judas Ulluluq (also from Gjoa Haven). Kekneck’s creative soapstone carvings challenge the imagination of his admirers. 

Beautifully carved, his pieces define the iconic Gjoa Haven style known for its playful characters fashioned from dark soapstone. Clayton Kekneck’s work is collected by enthusiasts from across Canada and by international cruiseship  passengers visiting the community.

Kekneck’s creative pieces are significant pieces of Gjoa Haven’s artisan history.



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