Inuit art: Seal
Inuit Artist: Elijah Michael
Size: 15" Long, 6" High, 4" wide
Community: Kimmirut, NU
This is an Important museum quality sculpture by first generational master carver, Elijah Michael. This carving is for serious Inuit art collectors. It is signed in syllabics.
Elijah Michael was one of Kimmirut's foremost wildlife artists. Inspired perhaps by Osuitok's technically challenging sculptures, Michael might have set out to prove that he could achieve the same.
Elijah Michael was one of foremost Arctic wildlife artists. He carved technically challenging sculptures of standing caribous, inspired by Osuitok. One of Elijah's sculptures was given as a gift by former Prime Minister Jean Chretien to Pope John Paul II during a visit to Canada.
Kimmurut artist Elijah Michael died on April 6, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario. He was 79 years old. A carver all of his adult life, Michael was known for his sculptures of Arctic wildlife, as well for his depictions of family, Inuit games and “Owl Women” (serpentine owls with thick women’s braids). One of his sculptures was given as a gift by former Prime Minister Jean Chretien to Pope John Paul II during a visit to Canada. Michael leaves his seven sons and two daughters, as well as nieces, nephews and grandchildren. He was mentor to many members of his extended family. The Guild Shop (Toronto) organized several exhibitions of work by the Michael family.
Inuit Art Quarterly, “In Memoriam”, p.46, Vol. 23, No. 3, Fall 2008
Elijah Michael (1929-2008)
E Number: E5127
1974. Inuit Sulpture, Lippel GalleryInuit Sculpture, Lippel Gallery Montreal, Quebec
1974 Eskimo Art Queens Museum Flushing, New York, U.S.A.
1975 - 1979 We Lived by Animals/Nous Vivions des Animaux Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in cooperation with the Department of External Affairs Ottawa, Ontario
1977 Sculpture from Lake Harbour Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec Montreal, Quebec
1979 Canadian Eskimo Art: a representative exhibition from the collection of Professor and Mrs. Philip Gray Fine Arts Gallery, Montana State University Bozeman, Montana, U.S.A.
1984 On the Land The Arctic Circle Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
1985 Stones, Bones, Cloth, and Paper: Inuit Art in Edmonton Collections Edmonton Art Gallery Edmonton, Alberta
1986 Art Inuit Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec Montreal, Quebec
1988 Arctic Forms - Inuit Sculpture Arctic Inuit Art Gallery Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.
1988 Tundra & Ice: Stone Images of Animals and Man presented by Orca Aart at the Adventurers' Club Chicago, Illinois
1989 Cold Stones, Warm Hearts: Inuit Art from the Northwest Territories University of Richmond Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.
1989 Reflections of Lake Harbour: Contemporary Sculpture of the Michael Family Arctic Artistry Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.A.
1990 Early and Contemporary Sculpture and Prints by Well-Known Inuit Artists Arctic Artistry Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.A. Dec 1990 - Jan 1991 A Family Tradition: Inuit Art from Canada's Arctic Presented by Arctic Inuit Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.
1990 - Feb 1991 Drummers The Guild Shop Toronto, Ontario
1991 Animals of the Arctic Arctic Inuit Art Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.
1991 Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture Exhibition (first exhibition) Vancouver Inuit Art Society Vancouver, British Columbi
1991 Inuit Music in Art: Singing and Dancing and Playing Feheley Fine Arts Toronto, Ontario
1991 Inuit Sculpture: Displayed in Conjunction with the 1991 Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection Muscarelle Museum of Art Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A.
1992 Arctic Wildlife: The Art of the Inuit Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal Montreal, Quebec
1992 Small Sculptures by Great Artists I Feheley Fine Arts Toronto, Ontario
1993 The Michael Family Gallery Indigena Stratford, Ontario
1995 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, U.S.A.
1995 The Inuit: Managers of the Land Chrysalis Gallery Southampton, New York, U.S.A.
1995 Michael Family Sculpture Gallery Phillip Don Mills, Ontario