Inuit art: Fisherman Shaman
Inuit Artist: Uriash Puqiqnak
Size: 15.5" tall, 10" across, 6" deep, 17.8 lbs
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU 20
Stone: Serpentine, antler, horsehair
**This Item is Eligible for Layaway Plan.
What is your first reaction to this Grotesque carving?
Shock? Disdain? Maybe repulsion?
Those were my reactions when I stumbled across Uriash's carvings. I couldn't understand how I would be expected to appreciate this "ugly" creature.
With some reading, researching and understanding, and with an open attitude I suddenly found myself loving these enchanting "monsters".
When everything is "vanilla" it is safe and comfortable.
But having choice is refreshing.
Being challenged to think differently is exciting.
Start with asking questions.
Why do Puqiqnak"s Grotesques sport crooked, short wide spaced teeth?
HHHmmm? Maybe he is simply carving what he sees? The majority of the world's population does not have a white Hollywood smile.
Why the sparse horsehair ponytails, the large flared nostrils and the equine shaped skull? Why are the bodies out of proportion and often kneeling?
I don't know the answers Maybe I'll never know. But I love speculating and sharing my thoughts with other collectors. Isn't that a big part of collecting the art you love?
Now I am strangely attracted to these unorthodox creatures.
I am always searching for the next Puqiqnak carving.
This quirky Fisherman with his fur bag full of his tools and his ulu in hand is giving us a quick peek into his everyday life.
Artists from Gjoa Haven like Puqiqnak, strive to depict their cultural traditions with accuracy but like to temper their message with humor.
Puqiqnak’s carvings are cherished by collectors who appreciate these strange yet charismatic creatures.
My suspicion is that many Uriash carvings will find their way into Art Museums and auction houses in the years to come.
You do NOT want to regret that you didn't add a Urish sculpture to your collection when you had a chance.
See our notes on The Gjoa Haven Collection.
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