Inuit art: Chopper Motorcycle
Inuit Artist: Ricky Jaw
Size: 15" long, 7" high, 4" wide
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
When the Inuit Art Quarterly's 2017 spring edition came out, collectors immediately fell in love with its cover (Jamesie's Pitseolak's famous motorcycles). The abstractness, the boundaries it pushed, and the utilitarian industrial concept it captured was astonishing and mind blowing. It brought Inuit art into this Andy Warhol type dimension never seen before.
Jamesie Pitseolak unknowingly pioneered yet a new generation of Inuit carvers. Life in the North, although very traditional at times, has also adapted very much to Western society. The inspiration to craft subject matters that are everyday essentials for the Inuit will remain the legacy of Jamesie Pitseolak.
Influenced by Jamasie's amazing craftsmanship, young en carver, Ricky Jaw wanted to create a piece that describes the passion of today's Inuit youth. Speed, skidoo's, race cars and motorbikes. This beautifully crafted chopper captures the essence of wild enthusiasm.
When first viewed, we immediately understood that it needed to be in our gallery. We embrace the nuances of modern art and we respect artists like Ricky Jaw who push the envelope towards new and creative themes.
The piece is so different and incredibly unique, but maintains its essential proportions and highly creative visage.