7" Ptarmigan Bird by Master Carver Jimmy Iqaluq

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Inuit art: Ptarmigan Bird
Inuit Artist: Jimmy Iqaluq
Size: 7" across (5" vertical), 5" deep, 5" wide 
Community: Sanikiluaq, NU
Stone: Argillite 
id: d-7768cjjy


Jimmy Iqaluq (from Sanikiluaq) is one of the most renowned and established Inuit artists alive.  Art galleries around the world eagerly seek out his carvings.  He has been carving for almost 40 years and has had innumerable international exhibitions. His iconic loon is the inspiration for our inuitsculptures.com logo.

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Iqaluq is a very adventurous artist. He loves to be challenged.  His preference is to carve dogs, wolves, fox, loons, ducks and polar bears. His vignette carvings are exquisite in their detail and the stories they tell.  

All of Jimmy’s carvings are masterpieces and are highly valued.

This perfect Ptarmigan is planted firmly on the tundra, warming herself in the sun.  The Ptarmigan is a member of the grouse family and is the official bird for Nunavut.  It is also the official game bird for Newfoundland and Labrador.

I love the detailed feathering on Jimmy’s Ptarmigan.  In certain views, they appear to be “scales” which gives the piece a prehistoric visage. As if she were an Arctic pterodactyl!

This would be a good introductory sculpture to add to a new Inuit art collection.  It also would be a unique addition to a grander collection.  

Jimmy Iqaluq (1947 - )

Community: Sanikiluaq

Solo exhibition: 
"An exhibition of art by Jimmy Iqaluq of Sanikiluaq", Indian and Inuit Art Gallery in the offices of the federal department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Hull, Ontario, Canada, 2005

"Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts from Dene and Inuit of Canada", Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 1995
"Belcher Island Sculpture", Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, Canada, 1980
"Belcher Island Sculpture", Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1981
"Sculpture from Belcher Islands", Images of the North, San Francisco, California, USA, 1981
"Belcher Island Community Sculpture", The Raven Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 1981
"Baffin Images", Orca Aart, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1989
"Kunstwerke der Inuit", Presented by CreARTion, Eppstein in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of Canadian Studies at the Hotel am Badersee, Grainau, Germany, 1993
"Share the Vision", Philadelphians Collect Inuit Art, Art Space Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 1994
"Miniaturen", Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany, 1998



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