RESERVED** 28" Masterpiece Whale Bone Umiak (Boat) by world famous Bob Kussy & Goota Ashoona
can be reserved, please contact us
Inuit art: Umiak (Boat)
Inuit Artist: Goota Ashoona & Robert Kussy
Size: 28" long, 19.5" high, 4" wide. Weight: 5.4 lbs (the ors extend out, please add another 5" or so outwards on all sides).
Community: Yellowknife, NWT
Stone: caribou antler (torsos), Whale Bone (boat)
Igloo Tag license number: #15 - Inuit Gifts
Museum Quality Sculpture!
One of the nicest carvings we at the gallery have ever received in our entire 12 years of existence.
U.S. buyers cannot purchase this piece due to whale bone restrictions vie customs.
Some of the greatest works of Inuit sculpture defy analysis. And sometimes the adjectives actually seem to contradict one another. How can a sculpture have a commanding presence and yet also be genuinely winsome? How can a work be quirkily naive and yet highly refined? How can a sculpture be truly monumental and yet oh so caressable? This masterpiece has all of these qualities and probably a few more besides.
In this intriguingly ambiguous work, Kussy brilliantly fuses surface texture and form into this piece. He proves that texture need not be applied simply as decoration or as a "realistic detail". When applied wisely it can become an integral element of the form in itself. The result is an almost heraldic composition.
In all my years as an Inuit art dealer, there are a few pieces that have come into the gallery that literally left me speechless. This is one of them. It is a piece that is in a category all on its own. The kind of piece that one day, you will see listed for $150,000 + in an Inuit art auction.
The story this piece tells, the grace and movement of the inuk sailors, and the beautiful combination of elements used to compose such a fascinating and unique piece - all make this piece explode and immediately cut too the viewers attention as they walk in the room. This is the effect it had on me when I first walked in and saw it.
The ors my by copper illuminate this piece even further. It is a central attraction for any home, let alone an art gallery. It takes on a beautiful vanguard bohemian effect that transcends the elements of sophistication. I can really see a piece like this displayed perfectly in a modern and minimalistic environment.
I also adore the fact that the front of the boat is sculpted into an owls face. I consider myself very lucky to have a remarkable piece like this and it is certainly one of the nicer pieces to ever step forth in the gallery.
Goota and Bob have teamed up for several years and have become world famous for their bone and Ivory carvings. Many of their pieces have been central attraction for art exhibitions worldwide. They have also been featured on the cover of several Inuit art publications.