12" Wild Caribou by Bobby Anavilok

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Inuit art: Caribou
Inuit Artist: Bobby Anavilok
Size: 12" across, 9" high, 3" wide
Community: Kugluktuk, NU
Stone: Dolomite
id: d-5581cbjjy

Caribous are of my favorite compositions. They are so delicate and hard to carve for the artists. It takes a lifetime to master, which is why it is so difficult to match Bobby Anavilok's caribous. The grace and beauty of a caribou portrays it as a calming and sophisticated subject to own.

This is a rendition of a real life caribou. In order to achieve the true grace and timid stance of this gorgeous mammal, Anavilok had to painstakingly carve out each leg. This takes tremendous focus and patience for an artist to do. This is why they are not frequently seen.

The tenuous realism and visages of Arctic mammals have rendered Anavilok's craft as a distinctive, yet prominent, mainstay for galleries alike. His work's fastidious proportions and exquisite beauty have allowed 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.

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