**RESERVED** 7" Whale by Famous Jimmy Iqaluq

Jimmy Iqaluq



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Inuit art: Whale
Inuit Artist: Jimmy Iqaluq
Size: 7" long, 4" high
Community: Sanikiluaq
Stone: Argillite
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This work's poignancy can be partly explained by its relative rawness; in the sense it resembles some of the great emotive sculptures created by artists from the isolated community of Sanikiluaq.

This beluga whale is depictive of their Northern habitat, and in particular; Sanikiluaq. An enclave located in the Hudson Bay, whale hunting is a necessity to the survival of its isolated people.
Done in a smooth and refined argelite stone, Jimmy persist an endearing sense of perfection while achieving a raw calmness of savagery.
He never seizes to amaze his followers as he continuously pushes the envelope of reinventing himself. This allows for his craft to always look fresh and innovative. This is why he is one of Canada's best living artists today.
The finesse, curvatures, and detail of this piece are incredible. The dark black and pale green stone contrast superbly together. Even the base is done exceptionally well. This is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Jimmy always tries to find unusual rocks to carve his sculptures. This time he found a piece of argillite with extremely rare very light green (almost white) colour. Beautiful!

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
Exhibitions:
"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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