Inuit art: Transformational Spirit Hunter
Inuit Artist: Uriash Puqiqnak
Size: 13" high, 12" wide, 9" deep, 14.1 lbs
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU
Stone: Serpentine, antler, horse hair
This is a remarkable spirit transformation by world renown Uriash Puqiqnaki. What really inspires me about this piece are the various elements of stone, fur, leather and caribou antler used. The coloration of stones and the etched in surfaces create a brilliant contrast with one another.
The eyes and hair really make this piece come alive. I rarely get to see pieces like this made. Gjoa Haven is one of the smaller communities that make Inuit art.
When put under a light, this piece is very striking and your audience will immediately take notice.
Uriash Puqiqnak (born in 1946)
Uriash Puqiqnak is a master carver and politician. His works are on display in major art museums and galleries. He served as Mayor of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut and was a member of the Nunavut Legislature from 1999 until 2004. Uriash is also a board member for the Nunavut Arts & Crafts Association.
Uriash was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2005 (second highest honour for merit in the system of medals in Canada).
His son Wayne Puqiqnak is also a talented carver.