12" Green Basking Walrus by Famous Jimmy Iqaluq
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Inuit art: Walrus
Inuit Artist: Jimmy Iqaluq
Size: 12" long, 4" high, 5" wide, 8.6 lbs
Community: Sanikiluaq, NU
Stone: Argillite (polished to mirror shine)
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Provenance: May 23rd, 2019. Although it is not confirmed, we believe Jimmy Iqaluq is now retired. He had some health issues last year and he has not carved since last summer. We cannot say for sure, but we believe these last few pieces at the gallery are his last ones available. Jimmy Iqaluq is a pionerring artist who fomented Sanikiluaq as a force in Inuit art. He is one of the last remaining Master Carvers from the 1st generation of Inuit art.
This is a brilliantly polished and gleaming walrus by world famous Jimmy Iqlauq. It encompasses all the features that make a great carving. It is nothing short of another masterpiece from world famous Jimmy Iqaluq.
It is the definitive green stone that bring out the emotive and visage to its highest capacity of elegance and grace. The sparkle and shine in the stone, transcending over the delicate ripples of the skin highlight the piece to a masterful composition.
What captured my attention about this piece, were the ripples in the skin, and the white claws and hot red inlaid eyes that contrast remarkably well with the intense mirror like dark stone.
The flow and movement of this piece make it a one of a kind Jimmy Iqaluq sculpture.
Iqaluq likes to experiment and carve different subjects. This time, he created a fantastic walrus. As always with Jimmy's sculptures, every detail is a masterpiece. This walrus has claws carved out of caribou antlers, whiskers made out of fishing line and tusks made out of caribou antler.
PROUDLY CANADIAN SINCE 2008
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