Inuit Art: Whale
Artist: Anu Arlooktoo
Dimensions: 20" long, 9" high, 9" wide, 43 lbs
Community: Kimmirut, NU
This whale is so anatomically perfect that it renders the accuracy of the mammal in movement like no other. The coloration is explosive with hues of copper, gold, silver and russet.
In this enigmatic work, Arlooktoo achieves the spirit of the whale 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, Arlooktoo'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 a beluga whale. Arlooktoo eloquently captures the whale's natural movements that flow through posture alone; conveyed by means of the sparest and subtlest of undulating sculptural forms.
This is an exceptional whale. The gorgeous highlights and silver stone set against the dynamic movements are a formidable combinations which make this an exceptional piece. Even though I have seen many whales over the years, Arlooktoo somehow manages to make this particular one its own. It is quite unique and very modern with a touch of minimalistic style. The posture, movement and stone make this whale nothing short of a masterpiece.