14" Arctic Games / Ball Player by Kuzy Curley
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Inuit art: Inuk Arctic Games Play
Inuit Artist: Kuzy Curley
Size: 14" long, 8" wide, 9" deep
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Kuzy Curley recently was commissioned by York University and the city of Toronto, to make a statue commemorating the Pan Am games held in Toronto last year. Kuzy is one of Inuit arts premier master carvers. Along side Ruben Komangpik (another world renown master carver), together they made a masterful monument depicting an inuk playing an arctic game similar to soccer. The following is an article recently published by the CBC about the launching and presentation of their finished monument located on York University campus. It should be understood, to be asked to do such a monument like this is an incredible honour and achievement in its own right. There are only a very select few Inuit artists who have ever had such the honour of doing something like this.
Regarding this particular sculpture, the alabaster stone, smooth finishings and interesting subject matter make this a museum piece. The movement of the Inuk is world class. My heart skipped a beat when I saw this piece for the first time. Furthermore, it is a replica of the soon to be historic monument made on York University campus.
His companion on this monument is world class carver Ruben Komangpik. Ruben Anton Komangapik is one of the Arctic's most gifted sculptors. His work has been exhibited across Canada with pieces on permanent loan to the Museum of Nature and Culture in Montreal.