16" Mother Whale and Calf by Timila Pitseolak
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Inuit Art: Mother Whale and Calf
Artist: Timila Pitseolak
Dimensions: 16" long, 10" high, 13" wide. Weight: 23 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset
Stone: Marble, Caribou Bone
This mother whale and calf is so anatomically perfect that it renders the accuracy of the mammal in movement like no other. The coloration is explosive with hues of pearl white, coleshed with intensified black marble and russets.
In this enigmatic work, Pitseolak achieves the spirit of the narwhal through delicate balance, crisp lines and an overall fluidity that sparks an electric vibrance from tip to tail.
Justly admired for their graceful elegance and acute disposition, Pitseolak's works are not solely known for their "robust" content. Although he is famously recognized for his grand-esque whales and sea creatures, it is the finesse and detail that prevail the sometimes overbearing large mass of stone.
This beautiful and poignant sculpture portrays two whales, a rare variety of breed no doubt. Pitseolak eloquently captures the whale's natural movements and flow through posture alone, conveyed by means of the sparest and subtlest of undulating sculptural forms.
This is an exceptional narwhal. The gorgeous white marble stone set against the very dynamic movement are formidable combinations which make this an exceptional piece. Even though I have seen many whales over the years, Pitseolak somehow manages to make this particular one its own. Quite unique, very modernist with a touch of minimalist style. The posture,movement and stone make this narwhal nothing short of a masterpiece.