3.5" Handsome Caribou by Master Carver Derrald Taylor
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Inuit Art: Caribou
Artist: Derrald Taylor
Dimensions: 3.5" long, 3.5" tall, 1" tall
Community: Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories
The magical world of miniatures has captured our imaginations forever. Why are small things so appealing? The strength and authority of the miniature is probably in the delight it invokes.
Derrald Taylor’s miniature Caribou, fascinates us. How could such a small carving (3.5 inches) be so detailed and perfectly proportioned? Caribou delights us. Although diminutive in size, the spirit of this caribou is bold and regal. He strides with purpose, brandishing his antlers with pride and a subtle ferocity. Few Arctic mammals would attempt to engage this fearsome Caribou in battle.
Taylor is fastidious in his proportions. He has mastered the miniature carving. His work is exquisitely beautiful. His depiction of Northern wildlife is celebrated by the avant-garde circles of Inuit art collectors. His sense of motion and the dynamism he brings to his carvings are a testament to the prerequisite talent one must possess to be welcomed into the world of the top master carvers like Damien Iqualla and Ruben Komangapik.
Taylor’s work has toured internationally and has been included in countless publications, Inuit art journals, exhibitions and museums.
Taylor has stated a preference for working with harder varieties of stone, such as serpentine or chlorite because it allows for a greater degree of detail in the pieces. Additionally he has worked with muskox horn, whalebone and marble. When beginning a sculpture Taylor’s method is to accentuate the natural shape of the stone and economize on material use . Earlier in his career Taylor carved subjects such as animals, drum dancers and hunters, or things that he saw in his daily life. In the past he stated that he felt hesitant about carving Sedna and other Inuit oral traditions because he felt he lacked the understanding to represent those stories, but he has recently started to carve them .Taylor has been a regular exhibitor at the Great Northern Arts Festival since 1998. He also participated in other arts festivals across Canada and the United States. Taylor’s practice is based out of Frozen Rock Studio in Yellowknife, NT. Recently the studio began a public workshop to teach visitors about carving techniques and the indigenous traditions of the region .
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 Kirsten Murphy, "Yellowknife stone-carving studio to offer public workshops", CBC News, last updated January 16, 2018, http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/north/yellowknife-stone-carving-studio