13" Qullik (Seal Oil Stove) by Jimmy Iqaluq (featured in Inuvik Exhibition)
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Inuit art: Qullik
Inuit Artist: Jimmy Iqaluq
Size: 13" long, 3.5" high, 5.5" wide, 6.3 lbs
Qulliq is an Inuit lamp/stove. The stone is carved to form a rounded shape, with a depression at the top to hold the fuel. Seal oil is used as a fuel. Qulliq was traditionally a source of light and heat for Inuit people .
Museum quality piece by world famous Jimmy Iqaluq.
I do not often see unique and traditional Inuit carvings like this all in one. Usually if a piece is unique, it is made with a style of modernisme and abstract. This particular piece however is different in the sense that it depicts the traditional way of life for the inuit. Inside the igloo, they would use this oil stove to warm up and to cook with. The oil was extracted from the seal blubber.
I fell in love with this piece immediately after seeing it. It is so different from other carvings I normally come across. Their are two types of stone used. The top is made of a deep black argillite. The base was imported from Nunavik and is made from white marble.
Jimmy made this sculpture specifically for an exhibition. It was showcased in Inuit art festival in Inuvik in June 2013. the detail is perfect, the color is deep and the subject will intrique your audience. It is made by one of the top Inuit artists alive today - Jimmy Iqaluq.
This carving is in 100% perfect condition, brand new. I admire the different stones and subjects set within the carving. The two seals made from a dark argillite stone contrast wonderfully with the white marble base. There is much happening in this piece and lends itself to the audience intrigue and imagination of traditional Inuit life.
The carving is signed on the bottom and comes with an igloo tag.
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