Inuit art: Bear & Walrus
Inuit Artist: Jimmy Iqaluq
Size: 3.5" long each (Seal and Bear)
Community: Sanikiluaq, NU
Igloo Tag license number: #15 - Inuit Gifts
This is an adorable rendering of a bear and walrus friends.
Our pair are kindred spirits, who are looking out for each others’ safety in the extreme conditions of the harsh Far North.
The cute bear has a beautiful red tongue, which is made from a stone found only on the shoreline of Jimmy's boyhood campsite (where he was raised in an Igloo).
When I saw the red tongue, I was hooked. Rarely does an Inuit artist use a red tongue in their sculptures. I have had only three bear carvings with red tongues in my gallery and they all belonged to Jimmy.
Jimmy’s loons are recognized for their exquisite detailing and their inlaid red eyes. Adorning a few pieces with a red tongue is pure genius and requires infinite skill on the part of Jimmy Iqaluq.
Our Arctic friends are beautifully framed by the soft undulating pale green argillite stone. The stone spotlights every rippling muscle, every facial feature of these two carvings. The details are immaculate! Each claw is inserted individually; a painstaking endeavour.
This piece is is complex and sophisticated and yet it is playful and heart warming at the same time.
This would be an ideal gift for an Inuit art collector “in the making” such as a teenager or it would bring a new sense of joy and uniqueness to an existing collection. If Jimmy Ilaquq is one of your favourite artists, I would suggest you jump at the chance to include this carving with the “red tongue”.
The carving is signed on the bottom by Jimmy and comes with the Igloo Tag of Authenticity.
Jimmy Iqaluq (1947 - )
"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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